Four months have gone by since locks and chains at Bayou Wheels Skatepark put an end to the skating community’s sanctuary in Iberia Parish.
To them, that four months may feel like an eternity but, there may be light at the end of the tunnel.
Fremin Menard and Brian Richardson have been skating at the park for the past five years.
“That’s the only place that we all come together and actually have fun and hang out. Now that they’ve closed it down, we basically don’t have any other place to go to” said Brian Richardson of New Iberia.
Fremin Menard says the skatepark offers a place for the youth to be constructive.
Even though it’s closed now, he looks forward to see it reopen better than ever.
“It’s kind of a bad thing, but a good thing at the same time. The park is all messed up and needs to be rebuilt.”
New Iberia Mayor, Hilda Curry says, aging and dilapidated equipment ultimately led to the closure New Iberia’s only skate park four months ago.
After being in operation for nearly 15 years, it was closed for the safety of those who frequent the park.
The mayor says the park was originally created through donations of mostly parents whose children skate there.
Now, they hope to raise $182,000 to cover the cost of restoration.
“We are in the process right now of trying to come up with the funds through donors and possibly working with some other government agencies.”
If anyone is interested in making donations to help restore the park, just give them a call at New Iberia’s City Hall.