by Jim Grawe
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
9:32 PM CDT, March 15, 2013
(VALLEY CENTER, Kan.)
Valley Center seventh graders Michael Charvat, Jayson Moler, Gage Brown and Dakota Metzger want their town to build a skate park.
"I know lots of people who spend most of their time inside and don't do anything," Moler says.
The park would be for skateboards and bicycles. Right now, all they have are sidewalks and a few basketball courts to ride on.
"I think there's a great need," Charvat says.
The boys are in a weekly group that's part of the Communities in Schools program. It's aimed at teaching kids to succeed both in and out of the classroom.
Police Detective Jay Grayson mentors the group. He says the boys are putting a lot of classroom skills to work by researching and developing a plan for a skate park. Then once the park is built, Grayson says it will continue to benefit lots of kids in town.
"As long as you are keeping a kid active and busy doing something that is positive, they won't get in trouble," Grayson says. "That makes my job easier too."
The boys know the park won't become reality overnight. They estimate it will cost $300,000 to complete, but say it'll probably be built in phases. They meet with the Valley Center planning commission next week.
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