Palouse farmer builds skate park
For the past 17 years, a farmer in the town of Palouse has had a dream: to build a skate park.
Aaron Flansburg’s dream became a reality in June when the Palouse Skatepark officially opened in the town of Palouse, home to just 1,000 residents.
Michael Dahl, lifelong skater, farmer and best friend of Flansburg, helped build the park and design the bowl. He said the park is unique because it is one of the only parks in the nation that was entirely privately funded and built, but is open to the public.
“Between those two aspects, being private property and DIY, it’s on a real short list of parks worldwide especially of this quality,” Dahl said. “Then to have it in a town with a population of 1,000 is pretty monumental.”
The park was built by the nonprofit Palouse Skatepark Inc., which Flansburg started in 2010.
Flansburg said he tried to go the traditional route of getting a skate park built through the city for several years. He found he had public support but there was not a suitable city property available. It was not until a plot of land was donated by local community member Tony Kettel that Flansburg was able to get the project off the ground.
“In retrospect those were difficult times for the project, but it all turned out for the better,” he said. “We wound
up with a great facility and a great location that we wouldn’t have had otherwise.”
From there, Flansburg acquired a general contracting license for himself and hired a team of six professional builders in 2015 to build the main bowl. The rest of the 10,000-square-foot park was built by a team of volunteers entirely from donated money.
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