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Under-bridge skate park could be coming to downtown

Posted at 8:58 PM, Sep 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-28 01:37:11-04
A new skate park could be coming to downtown Tucson. Two local skaters are working to get the city's approval to build a skate park underneath I-10. The park would be the first under-bridge park in the state and they're looking for the public's help to make it happen.
 
From skating and jumping, to flipping and spinning, skaters Caleb Gutierrez and Kyle Araishi are looking to bring new life to an empty space. They've got big plans to build a skate park on the vacant land underneath the Cushing Street Bridge. While there are a few other parks around the city, none of them would be quite like this one.
 
"Keep you cool, the light will be out of it and everything like that," said Araishi. "And it's a concept all over America that started with Burnside and it's just a good place to have a park."
 
The under-bridge skate park concept became popular after Burnside park was built in Portland, Oregon. The location uses land that is typically vacant and keeps skaters out of the sun.
 
"It's been really popular and it's only been a week and everyone is supporting it," said Gutierrez. "The city seems like it's gonna be no problem with ADOT and it seems like everything is gonna work out. the only problem is gonna be the funding."
 
Once they get approval from the city and the Arizona Department of Transportation, they'll be ready to build. 
 
"The fence will be the whole perimeter of the green pillars holding up the freeway, there's six of them, so there will be a fence so the boards won't roll into traffic or the light rail," said Gutierrez."
 
They've started a GoFundMe page to raise $200,000. After that, they're set to work with a professional design team to plan the layout. If you'd like to donate, click here.