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Skatepark group gets $1,000 from Port Orchard Walmart

Local organizers say they need to raise a total of $100,000 to build a skateboard park at South Kitsap Regional Park  - Courtesy photo
Local organizers say they need to raise a total of $100,000 to build a skateboard park at South Kitsap Regional Park
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The Port Orchard Walmart store donated $1,000 to the South Kitsap Skatepark Association on Wednesday morning, and the skatepark association is still in the running for a national $25,000 Walmart grant.

The association has been raising money since 2007 to try to build a skatepark on Lund across the street from the West Sound Utility District Sewage Treatment Center on Lund Avenue.

So far, the group has raised around $25,000 the county has donated $300,000.

The skatepark association is trying to earn a total of $100,000 towards the project.

Leslie Reynolds-Taylor, who started the association with her son in 2007 said that they plan to focus on seeking grants, rather than putting on fundraisers to raise the remainder of the money.

“It’s something the kids need so desperately,” she said. “They can get out of the parking lots of our businesses and sidewalks and be in a safe environment and do their sports without feeling threatened.”

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