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Changes taking shape at Louisville Extreme Park

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For some people, their skateboards or their BMX bikes are their wheels, so the skate park is the most important part of the Ohio River Bridges project for them. For some people, their skateboards or their BMX bikes are their wheels, so the skate park is the most important part of the Ohio River Bridges project for them.
Corey Strauss Corey Strauss
Metro Parks Assistant Director Jason Canuel Metro Parks Assistant Director Jason Canuel

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The new downtown bridge and approaches to it are taking shape right before our eyes every day. What you may have missed among all the construction cranes and concrete pours is another project taking place right next to it at the Louisville Extreme Park.

For some people, their skateboards or their BMX bikes are their wheels, so the skate park is the most important part of the Ohio River Bridges project for them. They'll be happy to know it's coming along quite nicely.

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Sharing your passion with your children is what it's all about for skater Corey Strauss. "This is a good park on them to learn on," he said.

The family moved here from Charleston, SC partially because of Louisville's skate park and his connection to the crew doing the work to move it.

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"Some of them are friends and what they're going to build is going to be absolutely amazing," he said.

You can see it starting to take shape. Metro Parks Assistant Director Jason Canuel has been working on moving part of the skate park once it became clear the new Interstate 65 bridge would pass over part of it

"Wow, what do we do now?" he said of his initial reaction. What they did was keep part of the park open while work to shift the park, including major features the full pipe and deep bowl, to the east and south. Canuel said you won't really notice any different features.

"We can't really enhance or expand. We had to basically replace what we lost," he said. "It's going to be brand new concrete. It's going to look like a shiny new penny."

Strauss and his boys are looking forward to it opening. "It's going to be one of the biggest vert structures in the United States," he said.

As are skaters from across the country, Canuel said, "Louisville is on a lot of skaters' bucket list. Folks on the west coast, they come to skate Louisville. What we're doing here, it's going to put us back on the map so to speak."

Canuel said if all goes well and the weather cooperates, the full Louisville Extreme park will be open by the end of the year.

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