Chico, Calif.--A dream come true for skaters in Chico as many gathered to celebrate the beginning of construction at the Humboldt Ave skate park.
It all started with a question on Facebook by Chico resident Scott Bailey asking why do nearby cities and towns have better skate parks than the one in Chico.
He went on to create the non-profit organization Chico Skate Park Solutions, and now after two years, their work is paying off.
"We're so thrilled about today, and this is unbelievable," Bailey said.
He started collaborating with the Chico Area Recreation and Park District and received support from local businesses.
"From small businesses like Chico Bike and Board, and Access Lending, to huge businesses like Lulu's and Sierra Nevada supporting us. And then just all of the individual people too, we've had a lot of people that wanted to make this happen," Bailey said.
"It's really great to have a project come to fruition after a bunch of hard work by not just our agency, but really the community as a whole,” said Ann Willman, general manager of the Chico Area Recreation and Park District, also known as CARD.
That's why dozens turned out for the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday to celebrate the community's accomplishment. The new skate park will include a new divebowl, which is a replica of a pool, as well as more street elements which are "flat surfaces and will include rails and opportunities for jumps and those kind of things versus skating in a bowl," Willman said.
Terry Zeller, director of parks and recreation, said they have a $450,000 budget for this project, with $80,000 of that having been raised by the Chico Skate Park Solutions and local businesses.
He said they listened to the feedback of those in the skating community, and now it's time to put those ideas to work.
"We're going to add another 5,000 square feet to this park and it's going to be unlike anything we've had in Chico before so come out and check it out," Zeller said.
Construction is expected to be completed this coming spring, and Bailey said there are currently talks of creating another skate park at DeGarmo Park.