For just under two decades, the Pekin Skate Park has seen thousands of children and adults attempt their first tricks. That all changed last summer when the city closed it for repairs. Saturday skaters celebrated the re-opening in the best way they know how.
The skate area in Mineral Springs Park was built in 2001 and was made of wood. Over time, the park needed major repairs causing the park to close for safety concerns. The park currently includes ramps and rails, with users of all abilities sharing them.
“So many people wanna ride and stuff because we have a lot of people who come here and ride their bikes and skateboards, scooters and stuff,” said Peyton Walters & Gavyn Mohn, Pekin residents. “We feel like it’s better to have that one place in the midle of town so that no one has to be all over the town and getting in people’s way.”
Those interested can visit the park beginning at 8 a.m. to dusk and is dependent upon weather conditions. Use of the skate park during closed hours, or when the gates are locked is prohibited.