The Ian Kortbek Memorial Skatepark Opens



from left: Eddie Stover (organizer), Tom Buol, Cindy Rabey (Ian Kortbek's mother), Alicia Martin (organizer), and Ray Torrey (organizer).

The Ian Anders Kortbek Memorial Skate Park saw its first official action Wednesday, Aug. 20, after a brief dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony that drew a large crowd to the West Side Road park.

Project organizer Ray Torrey thanked the donors who gave money and time and, to the applause of several mothers in the audience, reminded skaters that they must wear helmets while skating. The Rev. Pat Harrison gave a brief blessing, asking that Ian Kortbek’s spirit be with the skaters "today and forevermore." Then it was time to skate as about 25 skaters descended upon the park for an afternoon of thrills and spills, Ollie airs and board slides.

The opening also featured a raffle and cookout. A total of $1,977 was raised for the Ian Kortbek Memorial Fund at the event from the raffle, T-shirt sales and donations.