LYNDON CENTER -- Until this summer, Lyndon State College had a mini ramp for skateboarders located near the residence halls on campus. That had to be sacrificed when the school undertook a major project to reconstruct the Stonehenge parking lot. So they decided to build a full skatepark in its place.
"We had to give something back to the students," says Lyndon's Adventure Program coordinator Jamie Struck. "We took away their ramp, so we decided to step it up with the park."
And a big step up it will be. American Ramp Company (ARC) will drop off the 6,000 square foot skatepark in pre-fabricated sections, which Struck says should be pretty easy to put together. "We plan on having a community build for the project. The entire park is pre-cut and pre-drilled, we will just need some people to come volunteer to help put it together."
Missouri-based ARC describes itself as the world's largest skatepark provider, with over 1400 parks in place around the globe. Lyndon's park will feature bank ramps, quarter-pipes, grind rails, grind ledges, grind boxes, stairs, wedges and flats, a spine, a pyramid section and a planter. It will be located to the east of the new Stonehenge lot and feature a great view of Burke Mountain.
The grand opening for the skatepark will be announced this fall, hosted by the college, Kingdom Trails, Ide Ride and Sinister Bikes.
Complementing the new skatepark is a newly published map of the college's 18-hole disc golf course. The front nine skirts the northern edge of the campus starting at the Rita Bole Complex and ending near the college's' baseball/softball complex. The back nine explores open land and forest in the hills on the western border of the campus, including portions of President's Hill.
A map to the course is available online at LyndonState.edu. The public is welcome to use the course. Lyndon's Student Government Association (SGA) funded the entire project -- less a new lawn mower that will be used specifically for the adventure program. Struck says, "This course will look like a Florida course by next year."
Another gift from the SGA is the concrete tee boxes that will be at the start of every hole, also scheduled for completion in the fall.