Marquette Skate Plaza Nearly Built

The new skate plaza in Marquette is in the final stages of construction.

Nheena Weyer Ittner of the Skate Plaza Committee says the project started when teens in the Marquette area were receiving tickets from the police for damages to public property caused by skateboarding.

More than $250,000 have been raised to help complete the skate park.

Contributions from community members, different nonprofit foundations and even pro skateboarder Tony Hawk have helped raise the money over the last seven years.

Construction began in August of last year.

Once the construction is done, the plaza will be turned over to the city to become a public skate park.

The park is scheduled to open in three weeks if the weather cooperates.