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of Skateboarding 2002
|The Spalding Skatepark opened in the spring of 2001. The $280,000 concrete skate park offers skating for all ages, free to the public. This park brings people together to utilize and enjoy another positive recreation in Spalding Park. Spalding Park houses tennis courts, baseball diamond, swimming pool, basketball courts, jungle gym, and a skatepark. Franklin Middle School is across the street on Harris and Clark Distributing warehouse is across the street on Elm. The railroad tracks run along both sides of the park.
|Now with the large number of skaters and parents coming to the skate park there has been a great need for food, beverage and a pro shop near Spalding Park.
|I, Tim Clark am an avid supporter of the park. I am looking for private or public organizations to support the building of a facility to offer these an other services. I envision creating an indoor recreation and learning center to be built adjacent to the Spalding Park at Clark warehouse. The facility would serve as a positive learning environment for people of all ages. This proposed facility could facilitate sports such as hockey, skateboarding, in-line skating, bmx, rock climbing, baseball, golf, paintball and the martial arts. These popular sports flourish in areas that have facilities for them to operate in. Since the current demand is skating, we would cater to this market and then continue to add other activities in the warehouse once the funding becomes available.
|An eventual goal could be to create a "virtual learning laboratory" environment. The learning lab would bring cutting edge computer and virtual learning tools to the center. The virtual learning lab would utilize today's technology to help educate people in nearly all areas of life. Video imagine displays could match a young girls golf swing to that of Tiger Woods, or to match the stride of Olympic gold medallist Bonnie Blair. These images can be projected in an interactive theater area. Here people would view the video or images while they are doing the activity. The technology to make this exists. Some of the worlds leading experts in this field live and work in the Champaign community. The learning laboratory would serve as the place for youth, as well as people of all ages, establishing an environment to learn how to utilize today's media and harness the great amount of knowledge and possibilities contained therein.
We had the Campaign Champaign skate event on January 12th 2002 and it was a great success with over 500 people in attendance. We showed the great potential for the facility. We plan on opening by the summer of 2002.
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