The skate park at Bulgarmarsh Recreation Area progressed quickly since last fall and being smoothed over a month ago. A cement mixer on site, workers poured concrete this Monday on some remaining ramps on the design.
Tiverton Recreation Commission member Chris Roemlein said they're aiming to be done by April 28. An event will most likely be planned after that, he said.
"When that's done, there will be nothing like it in Rhode Island," he said about the park. "It will be unique for the state, in terms of technical."
The town got a discount on the concrete and rebar, as well as some donated steel.
"The contractor really knows what they're doing," Roemlein added about the southern Maine skate park design and construction company Who Skates.
Roemlein said the project is 15 years coming, starting with resident Ethan Smith, who raised money for it back in high school, including around $26,000 from t-shirt sales. Smith took the idea to the town.
"It's a tough thing to sell to people," he said.
When Smith went to college, resident Diane Toste took over the fundraising effort, and located the space for the park. Roemlein said he took over the fundraising for Toste and toured skate parks all over the country. He said two local skaters advised him on the park's design.
"It's tough to find a company. Most of the guys are out west," he said, noting that Who Skates listened to what they asked for in the rendering.
A $40,000 matching grant from the Department of Environmental Management was awarded to Tiverton in 2010 to help cover the costs of fixing up the park.