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Skate park
By Shelley Stallings


March 11, 2011
Friday PM

The skate park is a great idea.  Thank you to Bobby McCreary, Bob Fultz, Craig Jackson & Steven Perro.  I am glad to hear progress is being made in providing positive activities for our young people.   The location near Schoenbar School is excellent.

I have a suggestion which might be worth looking into.  To possibly save money, make the project more beautiful and most importantly get more folks involved in the project, consider having the roof structure built by a group of volunteer timber frame enthusiasts here in Ketchikan.  I believe it would be possible to enlist people interested in 'timber frame building' as co-designers and builders of the skate park structure.  Possibly you can get one or more of Southeast Alaska's timber companies to donate the rough cut timbers, The group of timber frame enthusiasts could design and build the structure with donated labor.  I must stress this idea is in its infancy and I have not lined up other timber framers at this point, (update - the first timber framer I approached was very enthusiastic and offered to be a part of the project).

An open air building of this type would be beautiful and bring more people together to make this a better community.  I offer whatever skills and labor I can provide to make this happen.  Attached are some of photos of a timber frame structure recently built in Ketchikan using local beach logged red cedar purchased from Mike Sallee's mill.

Shelley Stallings
Ketchikan, AK

Received March 07, 2011 - Published March 11, 2011

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