Nixa Residents Push For Public Skatepark

NIXA, Mo. -- Teens and adults are working together to build a public skatepark in Nixa.

The BMX, skateboard and scooter community is growing in the area and the athletes want a safe space to practice.

A committee has been formed to push this initiative through and make it happen.

The committee is working closely with the youth who would benefit first-hand from the park. And it's not just about a facility, it's more so about the kids' safety.

Greyson Roberts is one of many teens in Nixa and around the area who are part of growing community.

"It's just the freedom of it. There are no rules, no one telling you what to do," he said.

He's also one of many involved in an initiative to build Nixa's own skatepark.

"There are so many kids that's just riding in the streets, getting the cops called on them because they are running around people's properties," Roberts said.

Right now, the kids go to the membership-based Springfield Skatepark or to the one in Crane. Most of the time though, the athletes stick around the streets, parking lots and basketball courts in Nixa.

"There's no place for them to go in Nixa to do what they're doing," said Jason Hartsell, a member of Nixa Skatepark Committee.

And that's proven to be dangerous for the athletes. 

"They may get injured, or a car may hit them or something like that," Hartsell said. 

Nixa's very own park is about providing a space for the teens to practice, to have fun and polish their skills, but most importantly to keep them safe.

"You can't beat one central location for the kids to come to, instead of being in a place where they may get kicked out or may get in trouble," Hartsell said.

After all, for them, this is their sport of choice.

"New tricks, and it's in finding new routes to take through the skatepark, and throw tricks in it," said Roberts. "Even from designing your own bike, it's all creativity."

And it's their passion.

"You fall, you gotta get back up, you gotta just push through and land it and it feels good in the end," says Roberts.

The committee is now working to secure land for the skate and hope to have is purchased or donated by January 2018. Monetary donations are also being accepted to help build the park.

Checks and money order those can be mailed to community foundation of the Ozarks - Nixa Skate Park Fund at PO BOX 8960 Springfield, MO 65801.  

Check out their Facebook page here.


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