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Cedar Falls Skate Park getting an extreme makeover


A rundown skate park is being brought back to life. This weekend dozens of volunteers will meet at the Cedar Falls skate park where they will scrape, sand, and repaint the entire park.

To the average skater this park has a lot of potential and that's why the Green Iowa AmeriCorps, based at UNI, has spearheaded a project to fix up and paint the park.

"This is a lot of money and a lot of resources that the government has decided to spend to build this park. If we let it fall a part they'll have to build a new one so we're going to try to make this one last 10 extra years," said Jason Jefferson, Education Coordinator for the Green Iowa AmeriCorps.

Matt Crisman has been skate boarding for more than a decade. He loves it so much that he and a buddy opened up their own store called Shifty's Boardshop near downtown Waterloo.

Crisman says he's tired of people spray painting inappropriate graffiti on the parks.

"I'm sick of all the nastiness that people put all over the place like graffiti is too much. I mean some of it is all right but if it looks... If you're just here to ruin something you don't need to be here," said Crisman.

The aim of this project is to revamp this skate park, but it may also revamp the image of those who like to skate board. Skate boarders have gotten a bad wrap over the years and hopefully by participating in projects like this one they maybe seen in a new light.

"I want a bigger skating community that's the thing, to make it presentable and make it look like a family friendly place you know," said Crisman.

"There's a lot of pride in the park and there just hasn't been enough support to get it cleaned up so I'm really excited about this project," said Jefferson.

If you would like to take part on Saturday, volunteers are asked to meet at the Cedar Falls Skate Park at 8:30 in the morning. Crews will be working until four in the afternoon. If the mural isn't finished by then, the work will continue on Sunday.

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