Breaking ground for new skate park

Susanne Jerome/Apache Moccasin On Friday, October 1, the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council and the San Carlos Apache Sports Complex broke ground on a new skate park.

The San Carlos Apache Tribal Council and the San Carlos Apache Sports Complex committee broke ground together for the first phase of the project, a skate park. The skate park will be followed by a little league field, basketball courts, a soccer field, an upgraded fitness center, volleyball courts, jungle gyms for the little kids and picnic tables for families. All of this where the police department, courts and jails used to be.

Speakers remarked that it would now be a good place to go. Master of Ceremonies Dr. Timothy Johnson started things off by introducing Pastor John Pechuli, who gave an opening prayer. The San Carlos Apache  Veterans Association posted the colors while Krista Ramos sang the national anthem.

Chairman Terry Rambler and Vice Chairman Tao Etpison added their encouraging speeches. Bernadette Kniffin, head of TANF, announced that TANF workers would contribute to the project while learning marketable skills. Professional skateboarder and filmmaker Douglas Miles Jr. spoke for the Sports Complex Committee. Simon Hooke and Barbara May spoke for the council and the last speaker, Aaron Spohn, from the firm building the project, shared the fact that he was an old

skateboarder himself. An Apache song followed. Then came the ceremony, which was shared by Tribal officials and Sports Complex committee members. Steve Titla, Tribal Attorney, provided the final prayer before the many participants shared in the fine box lunches provided by the San Carlos Café.

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