The new skate park at Flora Park.

Something exciting for skaters happened at Dubuque's Flora Park yesterday.

Dubuque’s long-awaited, new, outdoor skate park at Flora Park will opened yesterday at noon.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience with all the weather delays on this project and the extra time needed to finish construction and for the grass to grow,” said City of Dubuque Leisure Services Manager Marie Ware.

The concrete skate park features security lighting, a drinking fountain, an ADA parking space, storm water management features, security cameras and landscaping.  The park may only be used for skateboards, in-line skates, bicycles and non-motorized scooters.  The park may be used 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  The use of protective equipment including helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards is strongly recommended.  The park is not supervised and the city does not assume any responsibility for injuries.  A sign posted at the park lists additional rules for use.

A ribbon-cutting celebration is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29th.  The event is being planned in coordination with Kids in Dubuque Skate (KIDS) and will acknowledge the volunteers and donors who supported the project.  “This soft opening in advance of the August ribbon-cutting will give park users time to get accustomed to the park’s features so they can better demonstrate their skills at the ribbon-cutting,” said Ware.

Skate on, dude!

~CMF