Skatepark officially breaks ground 

Members of the Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Advisory Council (SCSYAC) join the Southern Ute Tribal Council for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the new skatepark at SunUte park. SCSYAC members: Elijah Weaver, Nate and Elliot Hendren and Lexy Young join Southern Ute Chairman Christine Sage and Councilman Cedric Chavez, to hold ceremonial golden shovels on the site of the new skatepark. Chairman Sage and Councilman Chavez offered words of praise and support during the groundbreaking ceremony, Friday, June 26.
Members of the Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Advisory Council thank the workers of Weeminuche Constriction after the groundbreaking ceremony.
Elijah Weaver of the Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Advisory Council strikes a pose in his neon green vest.
Members of the Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Advisory Council (SCSYAC) join the Southern Ute Tribal Council for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the new skatepark at SunUte park. SCSYAC members: Elijah Weaver, Nate Hendren and Elliot Hendren join Southern Ute Chairman Christine Sage and Councilman Cedric Chavez, to hold ceremonial golden shovels on the site of the new skatepark. Chairman Sage and Councilman Chavez offered words of praise and support during the groundbreaking ceremony, Friday, June 26.
Sunshine Cloud Smith Advisory Council and Southern Ute Tribal Council members load up a shovelful of gravel for the groundbreaking ceremony and spread it on the site.
Southern Ute Chairman Christine Sage speaks about the skatepark and the hard work it took to get to this point – breaking ground on the construction of the skatepark. Councilman Cedric Chavez (right) also offered some words to attendees during the groundbreaking.
A bird-eye-view of the 3D rendering of the skatepark. The baseball field is in the upper-right hand corner and the playground is to the left of the skatepark.
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
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. 

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