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Lisa Hobbs photo Concrete has been poured at McMinnville Civic Center for a new skate park.

It could be the end of June before local skate enthusiasts are allowed their first grind on the city’s new skate park at the Civic Center.

“The concrete has been poured,” said Trevor Galligan, Friends of the Greenway president. “ARC prefers to wait 30 days and is scheduled some time in mid-June for installation.”

Friends of the Greenway members acquired a $90,000 grant from The Steven and Kate Smith Community Trust to establish the skate park with the stipulation it be named after the couple. First National Bank distributes grants once a year to eligible nonprofits.

A grant deadline for skate park completion was set for Dec. 31, 2017. However, a bid of almost $30,000 for the concrete pad turned the city’s attention to cost-saving measures. City employees were instructed to perform that work, but winter weather created a delay.

ARC (American Ramp Company), a worldwide stake park provider, was hired by the group to supply and install the amenities. A virtual session was offered in February 2017 and local skaters offered their input as to what they like and don’t like when it comes to skate park features.

City officials selected McMinnville Civic Center grounds as the location.

Yet to be placed is a fence to secure the area. City officials approved a bid of $10,647 from Premier Fence Company in January.