EPHRATA – Ephrata skateboarders will see an improvement at the city's skate park.

The city council approved a $29,374 contract to purchase a half-pipe for the park, located near the Splash Zone.

The money for the improvement comes from fees collected from people building in the city. The fees can only be used for parks or improvements to parks, Recreation Director Ray Towry said.

“When it was first built the (concrete) pad was placed with the idea of … three phases,” he said. “So this will be phase two then there will be a phase three as well.”

The city decided to move forward on improvements to the skate parks after a set of residential parks were delayed, Towry said.

The park sees a lot of people using it, Towry said.

“During the summer, kids who are avid skateboarders actually get up early to get down there to beat the heat,” he said. “They leave during the hot part of the day, and they return when it cools off.”

The city also plans to add security cameras to watch the park in an attempt to prevent vandalism.

Councilmember Valli Millard agreed with the addition as long as it was going to get used.

Towry expects to have the piece of equipment within 60 to 90 days, and it will be installed after the winter.

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