Portage Police Chief joins in on the effort.

The Portage Family Skate Park Project held an evening meeting on Tuesday, May 21st with Chief of Police Ken Manthey, Kiwanis President Margaret Rudolph and Mayor Bill Tierney in attendance.

The Portage Family Skate Park Project held an evening meeting on Tuesday, May 21st with Chief of Police Ken Manthey, Kiwanis President Margaret Rudolph and Mayor Bill Tierney in attendance.
All three are pleased with the progress the committee is making and the steps they are taking towards raising funds. Ken Manthey presented Kyle Little, President of the Skate Park Project with a personal donation from himself and his wife. Mayor Tierney is donating a sign for the location of the Skate Park. Margaret shared her knowledge and expertise in giving the Committee advice on their next formal steps in making the Park become a reality.

Ken Manthey said he has heard comments about people being concerned about the location of the Skate Park but he said we should remember the park and the school have always been in this location. He has also had conversations with other Police Departments and they all agree that the park location selected is great because it is in a highly visible area and in a neighborhood surrounded with people who care and will call if there is ever any trouble.

Mayor Bill Tierney thanked the Kiwanis and commended them for making the choice to sponsor the Skate Park Project as it is in line with their mission. The Mayor also stated he believes the Skate Park will be a great addition to our parks and a benefit to our city. He encouraged Kyle and the Committee members to work hard and stay on task saying he believes we will have a completed project that will most likely be completed in phases.
The committee agreed that donations will be at levels similar to those of the Splash Pad and are as follows:
Platinum: $5000; Gold: $2500 – $4999; Silver: $1000 – $2499; Bronze $250 – $999 These contributors will receive recognition on a plaque and in the newspaper upon project completion.
Family Level: $100 – $249; Individual: $1.00 – $99. These contributors will receive recognition in the newspaper.
Checks for donations should be made payable to Kiwanis with Skateboard Park written in the Memo Section. They can be mailed to: c/o Rita, Kiwanis Skateboard Park, Prairie Flower Beads, and 210 W. Cook Street, Portage, WI 53901. If you want your contribution to be anonymous please include a note stating that.

Anyone interested with Skateboarding through the Canal Days Parade with the Portage Family Skate Park Project is welcome to come to Pauquette Park for the line up on June 1st at 9am.
The mission of The Portage Family Skate Park Project is to build a multi-generational Skate Park Plaza for Skateboarders of a variety of ages, skills and abilities. Our Skate Park Plaza will be a family friendly, safe environment for all who come to the park.
Photos contributed By Kyle Little – Article contributed by June Paul

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