Mountain trail crew steps in to help skaters

Courtesy Photo (Left) Darnell Haneberg, Travis Burdick, and a Red Lodge Mountain crew installing new support beams for the mini ramp.

During the annual Ride Free event at Red Lodge Skate Park in early August, volunteers discovered that replacing a few boards and a coat of paint would not do the trick in repairing the skate park.

The park, one of Red Lodge’s busiest, was in serious need of repair. So much so that the mini ramp had to be closed, and has been since August. Community members scrambled to find a safe, cost effective, and sustainable solution. In the meantime, Red Lodge Mountain Trail Crew stepped up to the plate. When asked why the resort decided to get involved, one trail crew member said, “it is about giving back to the community that supports the resort and ensuring kids have a place to skate and play … until the snow starts to fly!”  Rue Freeman, member of the Parks Board, commented that, “Some funds were allocated by the city for materials, but we still needed a work force to do the actual build. We made real progress during our initial workday but still needed more people power.

That is when Darnell Haneberg realized the Mountain’s trail crew might be able to put in a day and boy did they follow through! The trail crew and volunteers made amazing progress this week and we are all grateful for their time and efforts.” During the work day, the rotted out structure was replaced and the plywood base layer was installed. After school several students showed up to lend a hand with cleanup and sealing the plywood. A few volunteers put time in on Friday and Saturday and installed the top layer of Skatelite. The skate park is back in action!

‘The kids could see that there are adults in this community who care about them, who want to support their interests, and who will put in lots of time to make the park a more positive and safe place.’ said Travis Burdick, of DSVS, organizer of the Ride Free Event through the Power Up, Speak Out! program. Thanks to everyone who has contributed and been involved with the skate park repair project. This was a community effort with many volunteers and special attention from James Caniglia, Mayor Roat , the Parks Board and especially Travis Burdick.

Want to make sure the skate park is safe, fun, and around in perpetuity? Contact the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation today to learn more about the Red Lodge Skate Park Fund. (406) 446-2820, tracy@rlacf.org, or stop by 122 Hauser Avenue South. Courtesy Photo (Left) Darnell Haneberg, Travis Burdick, and a Red Lodge Mountain crew installing new support beams for the mini ramp.