Abbeville skate park now open

Jordan Trahan demonstrates his skills.

Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza (center) cuts the ribbon for the grand opening of the skate park in Abbeville. Members of the Abbeville Rotary Club and Abbeville City Council were on hand. In the photo (left to right) are Councilman Joe Hardy, Rotarian Charles Dill Jr. Rotarian Scott Menard, Rotarian Rob Roy, Councilman Brady Broussard Jr., Councilman Wayne Landry, Mayor Piazza, Councilman Francis Plaisance, Rotarian President Lance Savoie and Councilman Francis Touchet.

The skate park is popular with the children of Abbeville.

Abbeville’s first ever skate park is officially open after a ribbon cutting was held at A.A. Comeaux Park on Sunday.
The construction of the skate ramp was a combination of three organizations.
The City of Abbeville put up $15,000 of the $55,000 price tag of the cement park.
The Abbeville Rotary Club contributed $40,000 of the $55,000 price tag. The Vermilion Parish Police Jury did the dirt work around the ramp.
Sunday afternoon, city officials and Abbeville Rotarians were on hand for the ribbon cutting.
Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza was happy with the skating facility opening up.
“This is a great addition to Abbeville,” Piazza told the crowd, who attended the grand opening.
The reason the skate park came about was because many skate boarders were showing off their skills on the steps and the sidewalks of downtown Abbeville. Merchants complained to the Mayor about the skate boarders doing tricks near their office after hours.
The skate boarders had nowhere to skate other than downtown Abbeville.
Around the same time, Abbeville Rotarian Rob Roy told Piazza the Rotarians were having a fund raiser and the money from the fund raiser would be used to build something for the youths of Abbeville.
The Abbeville Rotarians and city council agreed a skate park would be the perfect thing to build.
Mayor Piazza thanked Roy and the Rotarians for helping with the finances, to build the park. He also thanked the police jury for its part.
After the ribbon cutting, skate boarders from Lafayette gave a trick demonstration for everyone who attended. Jordan Trahan, 23, is a skateboarder, who has a contract with New Balance. The North Vermilion graduated, who is nationally known, invited a few of his friends to Abbeville.
“I am happy to see it (skating) get started in Abbeville,” Jordan told the crowd before doing demonstrations. “
In the near future, Abbeville City Councilman Francis Touchet said the city will post signs around the skate park on what to do and what not to do on the ramp.
Also, Piazza said the skate park will grow with additional features in the future.


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