Photos: Lawrence community members gather to celebrate skatepark renovations

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Dozens of Lawrence community members came together at Centennial Park on Saturday to celebrate renovations to the skatepark there and try out the new features.

The City of Lawrence executed the $250,000 renovations following engagement with the Lawrence Skaters Association and others in the local skating community, according to a city news release.

New features added to the skatepark include “a four stair, a rainbow rail, new ledges, a hip, a ‘slappy’ curb, a flow bowl and a ‘euro’ gap.”

In May 2023, skaters celebrated a new vert ramp built there in honor of Corey Lawrence, who died in May 2021 after being injured while skateboarding.

August Rudisell/Lawrence Times Sebastian “Bash” Santoya, 8, started skating through Lawrence Parks and Recreation classes a year ago.
August Rudisell/Lawrence Times Lawrence Mayor Bart Littlejohn, right, speaks a the ribbon cutting. At left is Lindsay Hart, interim director of Lawrence Parks and Recreation.
August Rudisell/Lawrence Times Buck Brandt
August Rudisell/Lawrence Times Sam Thomas
August Rudisell/Lawrence Times Holden DeGraff
August Rudisell/Lawrence Times Skaters look over the renovated skatepark.
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August Rudisell (he/him) has been a photographer and videographer for The Lawrence Times since March 2021. He is a former dispatcher, he avidly consumes and creates local news, and he would love to meet your dog when out and about at a community event.

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