A talented skateboarder showed his skills at the new addition to the GV Skatepark.
BY FREDA MIKLIN
On Sept. 8, the ribbon was cut for the new addition to the William McKinley Carson Skate Park at 6000 S. Quebec Street in Greenwood Village. The idea for the addition came from the community of skate park users, who approached Greenwood Village parks and trails officials about the possibility of adding “street elements,” such as rails, stairs and boxes to the park. Suzanne Moore, director of the parks, trails and recreation department, saw an opportunity to apply for a grant from Arapahoe County Open Spaces to help achieve the community’s goal, and the rest is history. The city added $32,500 to the $97,500 grant from the county, and the project got underway. In the best tradition of government, 90 interested local residents came to two public input meetings to offer their ideas for the addition, and those ideas were incorporated into the final design.
Larry and Devora Deutsch, who were longtime residents of the Greenwood Hills neighborhood, before relocating to California, got involved because they wanted to honor their son Andrew. He was a passionate person and an even more passionate skater. The Deutsch family contributed time, loving care and resources to the project, which now includes the etched words, “Andrew Deutsch…Roll On Forever.” Larry, Devora, their daughter and son-in-law, and three grandchildren attended the ribbon cutting and thanked the community for its support. Also, on hand was GV police officer Alden Langert, who first told the city about the Deutsch family’s wishes.
The grand opening drew more than 100 people, evenly split between interested residents and skate park users. The city gave away 60 new skateboard decks and dozens of baseball caps and t-shirts with the logo, “Roll Model Skateboards,” a Deutsche family project in Deutsch’s memory.
Jim and Joanie Horton are longtime friends of Larry and Devora Deutsch. They told The Villager that they came to honor their friends and were happy that they could do so.
William McKinley Carson park and skate park are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., subject to daylight hours. It is reserved for users aged 12 and under on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Community members came out to see the new addition to the skateboard park. Courtesy photos
Aviva, Danielle, Paul and Asher Dobson (Eitan Dobson not pictured) are standing next to mother Devora Deutsch. Standing behind the family are GV City Councilman Tom Dougherty, GV Mayor Pro Tem George Lantz, dad Larry Deutsch, and Arapahoe County Commissioner Kathleen Conti, who was happy to see county open space funds used for this great project.
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