Des Moines skate park tops fund-raising goal

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Polk County and City of Des Moines officials gathered Friday to announce an update on fund raising for the city's new skate park.

Polk County Supervisor and Lauridsen Skate Park fund-raising co-chair Angela Connolly says they've raised $6.5 million--$200,000 above a $6.3 million goal.

Skate DSM says the final design of the Lauridsen Skatepark is 88,000 square feet of skate-able surface. That beats out the Spring Skatepark in Houston, which is 10,000 square feet smaller than plans for the park in Des Moines

It will be located on five acres of riverfront property just northeast of Wells Fargo Arena near Second Avenue and School Street.

Original plans for the Lauridsen Skatepark would have made it the country’s second largest at 65,000 square feet, but design details related to the space and topography of the site pushed it over the edge, said Chris Hensley, co-chair of the group organizing the project.

The park is under construction on the banks of the Des Moines River near Wells Fargo Arena.

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