Ribbon cutting ceremony for Rhodes on April 23

Posted at 11:46 AM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 19:12:44-04

Rhodes Skatepark will be officially opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at noon on Saturday, April 23rd.

Boise Mayor David Bieter will be accompanied by the J.A. Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation and the Boise Skate Board Association to open up the park for use that skateboarders have been patiently waiting for.

The park was rebuilt by Seattle-based company Grindline, following a $1.25 million dollar donation from the Albertson Family Foundation. The City of Boise contributed $300,000 to enhance the design and landscaping of the park.

The Boise Skateboard Association was first created to help raise funds through events such as concerts and bake sales for the park before the gift was handed by Albertsons at the end 2014.

The park occupies a 1.28-acre site under the connector between 15th and 16th Street which has since attracted at least one business to the area.

The original park was first opened in the early 1990’s and became a spot for skateboarders, rollerblades, and BMX riders to gather without damaging property in downtown Boise.

The park underwent several renovations throughout the years including some concrete work and installation of brick banks from the help of local skate shops.