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Young People In Cloquet Raising Money For Skatepark

Updated: 04/01/2014 6:29 PM
Created: 04/01/2014 4:50 PM WDIO.com

You usually don't find kids rallying to build something in their community, but that's exactly what's happening in Cloquet. Young skaters are on a mission to make their city skateboard-friendly.

"It's coming up on about four years that we've been advocating for a skatepark in Cloquet," skater Matthew Anderson said.

Anderson said Cloquet's old skatepark was shut down in 2008. He said having a skatepark in the city is important for kids growing up with the sport.

"The kids that skate are basically subject to the streets," Anderson said.

Anderson said a skatepark would be safer and save on gas money. If they want to skate in a safe environment now, skaters have to make the trek to Encounter in Duluth. An almost 60-mile round trip.

"For the kids, it's even harder because most of them don't have vehicles," Anderson said.

Anderson spearheads the Carlton County Skateboard Association. Many members are seventh graders who are helping raise money.

"If you are a skateboarder from Cloquet, you don't have much to do and anywhere to go," skater Kaden Lindvall said.

"We should have somewhere where we can just skate and not get yelled at," skater Nick Pfisthner said.

Cloquet city officials said they support the idea and have agreed to contribute $100,000 to the park. Anderson said their goal is to raise $250,000.

"There's not many groups of younger kids that are working in their community doing things to better their environment," Anderson said.

If you want to help out the Carlton County Skateboard Association their next fundraiser is April 19. It's at the senior center in Cloquet for the Easter Pancake Breakfast.

You can also donate by clicking here.

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