What started as a 14-year-oldâ€™s dream could grow into a full-sized skate park in Starkville, one official dream-maker says.
Kuan Outlaw began skateboarding two years ago, he said during an interest meeting Thursday in a room full of about 50 enthusiasts.Outlaw has recently dreamed of having a safe place to skate in town instead of having to ride to one of the stateâ€™s 12 cities that have skate parks.
He is one of the 20 million Americans who skateboard, said Meagan Oâ€™Nan, who founded The Oâ€™Nan Project for Change, a program designed to empower middle school students by helping them overcome challenges and gain confidence.
â€śThis project is still in the introductory stage,â€ť she told the crowd.
One suggested site for a skate park could be the old basketball court at George Evans Park on Gillespie Street. A park that size would cost $44,500.
Starkville Parks and Recreation Department Director Matthew Rye said he would work with Oâ€™Nan to apply for up to $25,000 from the Tony Hawk Foundation Grant, which would be awarded in December.
â€śWe were told we have a really good chance,â€ť Oâ€™Nan said. â€śBut I think a lot of the funding is going to have to come from us.â€ť
Oâ€™Nan suggested heavy fundraising and possibly asking the City of Starkville to contribute.
Volunteers signed up to serve on an advisory committee.