The community has raised almost $250,000 which includes $97,000 from
the City of Healdsburg. The majority of our funds have been from individuals
donating both in memory of Carson and in support of this much needed youth
park. These contributions continue to come in, gratefully. One such contribution
appeared in Gaye La Baron's column in the Press Democrat where she described
how a young Healdsburg man of the "skateboarding persuasion" (partially
shaved head, earring, baggy pants, etc.) stepped in, unannounced, to the
We had estimated our money needs to be $200,000 for construction of
the park. The preparation of the land was much more expensive than anticipated
raising the costs considerably. The grant from the state greatly helped
here. We have a 20,000 square foot concrete skate surface. The Santa
Rosa park is 15,000 sq. ft. More surface increases the safety and enjoyability
of the park. We are now landscaping the area surrounding the track
that will be esthetically pleasing, provide spectator accommodation, and
speak to the community of what a successful effort, in Carson's name, this
memorial has been. We still have a deck to construct under the Oak tree,
benches to surround the park, a donor recognition area, a memorial area
for Carson, and a sign to construct. We are counting on the continued
generosity of local business people to donate services and supplies as
these projects continue.
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