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Skate park a hit
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Tae Perrigan prepares to drop-in on the half pipe at the Steve and Kate Smith Skate Park on Friday afternoon.

Jaylan Clayton likes the city’s skate park so much, he turns backflips.

“I love coming here,” said Jaylan, who was among a group enjoying the facility Friday afternoon.

It’s been over 2.5 years since the skate park opened in August of 2018. Planning efforts date all the way back to 2012.

“I’m here just about every day,” said WCHS junior Tae Perrigan. “The half pipe is probably my favorite.”

Jude Bauer has been skating about nine years. His dad, Brad Bauer, got him interested in the pastime after doing a lot of skateboarding himself.

“It’s very challenging and it takes a lot of work to get good at it,” said Jude. “I’ve had to learn all the footwork on my own.”

WCHS freshman Cameron Bowdoin said he’s still trying to learn the ropes, but he’s learned a few fancy tricks along the way. 

Cameron impressed his friends with several cool stunts on the half pipe on Friday.

Officially named the Steve and Kate Smith Skate Park, the project started to gain true momentum when Friends of the Greenway obtained a $90,000 grant from the Steve and Kate Smith Trust. 

Friends of the Greenway also secured $10,000 from the Tennessee Department of Health for installation of a concrete pad.

McMinnville city officials provided space for the park at the Civic Center, as well as an additional $65,000 in the budget of its Parks and Recreation Department for anything else the skate park would need, such as fencing and signage.