Workers are shooting cement, pouring concrete and finishing bowls down at the city skate park under construction on Columbus' South Commons.
Foreman Jay McLane said it a job he puts his heart into: "I skate, and all my love and blood goes into this," he said.
The city broke ground on the $700,000 project March 17, with plans to finish the work by July.
Columbus Council in June 2007 chose California Skateparks Inc. of Upland, Calif., to do the job. The project is being funded by a bond issue, though the city's Parks & Rec Department also was awarded a $25,000 grant from skateboarder Tony Hawk's foundation to pay for bleachers, lighting and a shelter. The park will be named for Jonathan Hatcher, a Columbus State University freshman who died Nov. 5, 2005.
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The skate park is just east of Golden Park.
To keep skateboarders updated on the construction's progress, Parks & Rec posts photos online at www.columbusga.org/parks/skatepark/index.htm.