A group of 15 Catoctin High School sophomores attended an April Town of Thurmont meeting with Patrick Dugan (sophomore) as their leader and presented their case, convincing the town to build a skate park. The mayor and commissioners gave the teens lots of positive feedback, as well as advice on how to help their project move along as quickly as possible. The teens have been busy doing research, visiting other towns with skate parks, and meeting with other organizers and planners who have designed and built skate parks. They also met with members of the Thurmont Parks and Recreation Committee and Sergeant Armstrong, leading up to the meeting. Armstrong spoke at the meeting in favor of the skate park.
They held their first official committee meeting in April in the pavilion behind the Thurmont Senior Center to discuss fundraising, planning, logo art contest, and skate park location, among other things.
One town resident came to the town meeting and spoke in favor of the skate park and donated $50 to the project. This resident challenged all other residents to do the same. In support of the challenge for donations, the town is sending the information out in a flier included in the utility bills.
Pictured are Chris Sanchez, Maceo Zelenka, Jazmyn Weedon, Colin Byrne, Nik Contreras, Alex Contreras, Courtney Wreschy, Phoebe Chmiel, Alan Chmiel, Norman Montoya, Adrian Febus, Patrick Dugan, Sergeant David Armstrong, and Deondre Febus.