Wauwatosa skate park up for approval Tuesday

CREATED Jun 18, 2013 - UPDATED: Jun 18, 2013

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WAUWATOSA - A skate park in Wauwatosa may soon be closer to reality as the city's common council votes Tuesday night on whether to approve its portion of the funding for the 8,000 square foot facility.

The $240,000 price tag would be split into thirds, with $80,000 each coming from three places: the city if it's approved at Tuesday's meeting, fundraising by Tosa Skateboarders United, and the final third coming from Mike and Judy Doyle.

"There really aren't rules in skateboarding, and the kids learn how to get along, learn how to cooperate," said Judy Doyle. "It's a wonderful experience."

The Doyle's share is in memory of their son Jack, who died in 2006 at age 13. He loved to roller blade and was one of the city's first skate park advocates.

"We are so accustomed to that noise, or, we were so accustomed to the noise of the skateboard in our driveway," Doyle said. "It's not a nuisance to us, it's like music to our ears."

Judy Doyle said she hopes to hear the sounds again soon. The money the Doyle's donated had been saved for Jack's college fund.

Tosa Skateboarders United have scheduled a HartFest Ramp Jam at 4 p.m. Saturday. On June 21, Leff's, Noodles and YoMama will donate a portion of their proceeds to TSU when it is mentioned upon ordering. And, on the Fourth of July, TSU will participate in Wauwatosa's Independence Day parade.