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Vacant fire station becomes roller-sports park

April 20, 2014
Associated Press

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A former fire station in Mankato that was transformed in a temporary skateboard park is drawing raves from teens who say it turned out better than they expected, and from neighbors who say their early concerns are fading.

A Mankato Free Press report (http://bit.ly/1i7f8kw ) says the park opened Saturday to positive reviews. The fire station was vacated by the city and is up for sale, so officials figured it'd be a good place for a temporary park until a new roller-sports park is finished later this year.

The park was packed this weekend with kids on skateboards, inline skates and scooters.

Eighteen-year-old Connor Hopkins says he's pleased with how smooth the ramps are.

Eleanor Kottke lives right across the street. She says neighbors were initially worried about noise, but instead it's a place for kids to have good, clean fun.

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Information from: The Free Press, http://www.mankatofreepress.com

 
 

 

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