JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Skateboarders, BMX bikers and community members came out in droves for the grand opening of the 1500 square foot skate park. The park is street style, and is fitted with cement ramps, ledges and stairs.
Representatives from Monster came out for the opening to give away energy drinks and a couple skateboards.
The park cost around $200,000 to build, and for many people in the community the park is well worth the price tag.
Skateboard Committee chairman Randy Nelson started pushing for the park 13 years ago to get a safe environment for kids to skate in.
"Kids were playing in the streets in unsafe conditions. Now we have a safe place here and we can monitor it. When we get everything up and running we will have cameras here 24-7. It will make the community a lot safer than it was before."
In two weeks a park bench near the skate park will be dedicated to Julius Schmidt, an avid skateboarder who was hit and killed by a train last month.
Many hope the park will become the site for future skate boarding competitions and camps.