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Skatepark nears completion in Lewistown

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Lewistown non-profit ‘Make It Happen Montana’ has teamed up with Pearl Jam founding member Jeff Amen’s foundation, Montana Pool Service, as well as the Montana Skatepark Association, to bring a world class skate park to the Fergus County community. 

A main goal behind the concrete bowl-lunar scape is to offer kids who don't fit the traditional team-sport paradigm an environment that will allow them to comfortably express themselves, and challenge themselves physically. 

Big Spring Skate Park is a community investment project that offers kids a safe environment to recreate, but also develop life skills that are inherent to skateboarding such as dedication and learning how to manage adversity.

“You’re seeing kids with a level of dedication that we want to see as they become adults. If they have that dedication in the young part of their life they’re gonna carry that through into their adult years and hopefully that will transfer over and pay off into the community," said Make It Happen Montana Vice President and Co-Founder, Jason Stephens.

Skateboarding takes passion, drive, and self-motivation to improve.

The kids in the Lewistown area are excited about the state-of-the-art playground designed for skateboarding.

“All the corners and edges and stuff like that it’s just going wild," said six-year-old Auden Bailey.

“Accomplishing more work on skateboarding, and getting better at it, and I’m getting better at it all the time,” said 10-year-old Harrison Wicks.

“I like how you can do pretty much whatever you want with your skateboard. You just have to take the time to learn it,” said Tommy Brandon, an eighth grader at Lewistown Junior High.

“And, with the skate park, it would be a great place for us to feel like we are ourselves, and we can do I guess whatever, and we cannot get in trouble for doing the things that we love, like skateboarding,” said Nicole Woolen, a Fergus High School sophomore.

Make It Happen Montana says that by investing in kids, and giving them a place to express themselves and discover activities they're passionate about, they're investing in the community.  They say by engaging kids and teens, Lewistown will thrive.

They also hope the world class skateboarding facility will attract more tourists, and young professionals seeking jobs in the community. 

The Grand Opening Celebration for Big Spring Skate Park is Saturday, August 12, and it will feature food trucks, live music, and a lot of skateboarding. 

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