Burnsville skate park reaches new star status
Looking out at a multi-age crowd of skateboarders, Lions Club members, city officials and other civic boosters, 40-something Olaf Gilbertson took the microphone and spoke from his heart.
“I have friends I’ve been skateboarding with for 31 years,” said the certified public accountant, who helped plan $267,000 in upgrades to Burnsville’s city skate park. “Me and my friends, now we skateboard with our kids. This will be here for their kids. This is concrete. This is forever.”
Nearly two decades in the making, the park’s latest version was unveiled in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, Sept. 17. It’s a gem, said principal designer Kanten Russell, with new urban streetscape features and only the second in-ground bowl among Minnesota skate parks.