Monroe group aims to renovate old city pool into new skate park

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - A skate group is trying to get a new skate park in Monroe.

LA Sk8Life Society wants to use the old Forsythe Park pool to build a new skate park in Monroe. (Source: KNOE)

LA Sk8Life Society wants to turn the old pool at Forsythe Park into a skate park. Creator Ryan Lenard says the pool hasn't been open for 20 years, so this will give Forsythe a new look.

He says this park will not only create revenue for the city, but help save young lives as well.

"I saw all of the people close to me fall into a life of crime, drugs, or even worse, they're not here with us anymore,” Lenard says. “So, I started this non-profit for this reason. To help the youth of today not follow down that same path."

He says he also recently learned of another non-profit called 'Friends of Forsythe' who also has plans for the same space. He is now working with them to come up with a plan that works for both organizations.

Lenard has also reached out to city officials like Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo about the necessary steps that are needed to help make the park a reality. Mayo says while several people have presented ideas about the old pool, he supports giving kids a new place to stay active somewhere.

“I know that we have an active group of skateboarders who are looking for an attractive and approved public place to skate,” Mayo says. “A skate park would be a welcome addition to our city and a good alternative youth activity."

While Lenard is glad to have the support of the mayor, he knows there are still others who may not feel the same.

"Even if you don't so much support a skate park here at Forsythe Park, I still would like to see you come to these fundraisers of mine and the Sk8tLife Society and air your concerns with the project,” Lenard says.

He hopes to be able to convince them too.

“Maybe, I can change your mind and tell you why we really need this," Lenard says.

The next fundraiser scheduled for the organization will be at Catfish Cabin on Louisville Avenue Saturday, August 16, starting at 7 p.m.

If you’d like to stay up-to-date with the organization, you can follow the organization on its Facebook page.