By MARY LISA BOOSE
Reflector Staff Writer
After four long years of bake sales, car washes and solicitations, a skate park will become a reality in Norwalk this spring.
City council will consider a $16,030 appropriation for the park Tuesday, but Mayor Sue Lesch said that is all money raised by Norwalk Skate Park Visionary Committee and does not include any tax dollars.
Tara Thornhill, who has worked closely with the part supporters for several years, said equipment for phase one of the park will cost about $18,000 so the committee is now working to collect enough to get the equipment installed this spring.
The biggest single chunk of money — $5,000 — came from a grant by Wal-Mart, Thornhill said. Several businesses have made donations, she added, and the skaters raised the rest with activities such as car washes, bake sales and a poker tournament.
“Hopefully, we’ll see some fruits for our hard work this year,” Thornhill said.
The equipment will initially be placed at the former tennis court area on St. Mary’s Street. Thornhill said the equipment could be moved later if another location is found.
Shipping is another issue the park supporters have to consider. Thornhill said the company estimated shipping would cost about $1,800 so the committee is now checking to see if they could move it cheaper themselves.
“We’re still looking for contributions,” she said. “But this year we should actually get it in.”
Darin Carlson, president of the skate park committee, said earlier that the group hopes to fund the park without tax dollars and then turn it over to the city.