Several youths and a pair of city council members were on hand Saturday to accept a $5,000 pledge from the Logan Bauman Memorial Fund for a potential skatepark here. Pictured with Andy and Karla Bauman are the youths and council members Charlesa Kline, at left, and Chad Yaw, far right. (Johnson Publications photo)

Mike Smith, at left, is pictured as he Facetimes with Imperial Hot Wheels youths about his $5,000 pledge toward a skatepark here. (Courtesy photo)

Potential skatepark picks up some significant pledges

    Individuals with ties to Imperial have pledged some significant financial support to the potential skatepark in the community.
    Andy and Karla Bauman of Parker, Colo., and Mike Smith of Lincoln each pledged $5,000 to the project that is in the design phase. Both pledges were made on condition the park construction proceeds.
    All three are graduates of Chase County Schools.
    The Baumans were in Imperial last weekend and made a ceremonial check presentation at Campbell Park at the site of the former swimming pool, where the skatepark will likely locate if built. Their pledge is coming from the Logan Bauman Memorial Fund.
    Smith, founder of The BAY and Skate for Change in Lincoln and a motivational speaker, informed a group of Chase County youngsters last month, via Facetime, that he was also pledging $5,000 to the project if it is built.
    Trish Moreno, who is working with the youth group Imperial Hot Wheels to make the skatepark a reality, said the group has raised $3,364.20 from its own fundraisers.
    The city council approved $5,000 from city sales tax funds earlier this year to pay for design work by American Ramp Company (ARC) of Joplin, Mo.

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