By Amanda Kim Stairrett
Fort Hood Herald
Skaters gathered at Fort Hood this weekend for the Skate Park Bonanza, part of a grass-roots effort to build a second skate park on post.
"In order to solicit grants, we need to show active community involvement," said Michelle Wallace, Fort Hood Family Housing communications manager.
Actus Lend Lease and Fort Hood National Bank sponsored the Saturday event. Actus is the post's privatized family housing contractor, which took over family housing at Fort Hood in 2001 under the Residential Communities Initiative.
The bonanza was located behind the High Chapparal Youth Center in Pershing Village, and featured local skate shops like Sk8ter Shack and others, Wallace said.
Fort Hood has one skate park at Bronco Youth Center in Building 6602 on Tank Destroyer Boulevard, between 27th and 31st Streets.
It was built in 2007, according to information from Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the organization that oversees the park.
In surveying the on-post community, residents expressed interest in having more activities for older children, Wallace said.
"To better create a sense of community, we continuously assess the needs of residents and responded with a skate park as one way to fill that need," she said.
"We are currently looking at ways to furthers improve their housing experience with us."
In six years Actus has built more than 70 playgrounds and two community centers that feature pools and splash parks, Wallace said.