Twin Lakes community angered, disappointed as vandals damage skate park
Lacey Crisp reports Video by tmj4.comvideo
TWIN LAKES- A group of parents and volunteers in Twin Lakes have been working for a couple of years to raise money for a new skate park.
They found equipment, but as they were going to pick it up, they realized it had been vandalized.
Nathen Valentine is just one of the teens whose volunteered and raised money to build a new skate park in his town.
"I've always loved working for the skate park," said Valentine.
The current skate park is older than Nathen.
Parents held garage sales, bake sales, and fundraising drives to pay for new equipment.
They found equipment for sale in neighboring Lake Geneva, but before they paid for it, the equipment had been vandalized -- graffiti sprayed and parts removed.
The village is willing to match whatever the parents raise to make their dreams of a new skate park a reality, something they thought was just weeks away.
"I feel really bad for the kids," said village trustee Jeremy Knoll. "They put a lot of effort into this."
"I'm frustrated. It made me much more stronger and willing to fight harder to get this skate park going," said Knoll to TODAY'S TMJ4.
Parents and teens say they aren't giving up. They are trying to earn more money, but know it will be a little longer before the park is built.
The Twin Lakes parents are now trying to find new equipment. If you want to help them out, they've set up an account at M & I Bank in Twin Lakes.