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BLOOMINGTON - A well-attended day for skateboarding is all the proof Jeff Knuth of the Bloomington-Normal Skatepark Committee needs to argue that more park facilities for skateboarders are needed in the Twin Cities.

In Bloomington, plans continue to have a skate park constructed this summer at O'Neil Park.

"It is absolutely needed," Knuth said. "This event was something else."

Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department Director Dean Kohn said the department will be seeking bid proposals for the park at the beginning of July.

A recommendation for contractors based on the bids received could be sent to the Bloomington City Council in early August.

Kohn said the $170,000 project could be completed in September.

"It's just waiting its turn," Kohn said. "I know people are anxious about it, and they are worried that every day that goes by where construction has not started is another day for the funding to be taken away.

"But the money for the project is there, and it will be done," Kohn added.

Knuth said the project to build a skate park in Bloomington started in August 2005. By the summer of 2006, the city selected O'Neill Park, 1515 W. Chestnut St., as the site.

"It's coming along and we are happy with the results," Knuth said. "People are starting to see that these kids need a place to play just like the basketball players and the baseball players."


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