Fri Jul 3rd, 2020
Robert L. Ortiz
The Southern Ute Drum
Members of the Southern Ute Tribal Council were joined by members of the Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Advisory Council (SCSYAC) for the official groundbreaking ceremony at the under-construction skatepark in the SunUte Park, adjacent to the playground and basketball court. Participants kept a safe-distance under protocol and wore proper PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), while construction work was paused for the small ceremony.
The dedication included words from the SCSYAC, and Tribal Council members in attendance for the groundbreaking, which took place, Friday, June 19. Weeminuche Construction, out of Towaoc, Colo., began work the week of June 15, with a completion date scheduled for Thanksgiving of this year.
Much of the infrastructure for the skatepark is already in place at the SunUte park, and the extra cost savings for a crosswalk and other amenities will benefit the alternate site, allowing for more skateable area and a better overall design. The original site was proposed across from the Thriftway convenience store in the old Pino Nuche and Sky Ute Casino lot.
The skatepark will provide many of the features the young skaters desire, such as a skate bowl, which would not have been included in the initial version of the proposed design, the skaters will soon have a place they can call their own.