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Grieving mom wants Orange City to have a skate park
By Lee Sims
posted Mar 5, 2013 - 6:44:34am
Casi Sprague wants Orange City skateboarders to have a place of their own. A safe place for them to enjoy their sport.
“If they would have had someplace here, the accident may have never occurred,” she said.
On Feb. 8, Sprague’s son Colin Anderson was heading home after skateboarding with friends. He was hit by a truck on Volusia Avenue, U.S. Highway 17-92. The 12-year-old died hours later at the hospital.
Days later, Sprague started work to get the Colin Anderson Memorial Skate Park built in Orange City. She wants the proposed skating facility at Valentine Park, 1511 W. French Ave., or on land her parents own on Graves Avenue.
Sprague said her parents are willing to donate the land to Orange City for the skate park.
Sprague doesn’t want taxpayers picking up construction costs. She is working with family members to organize the first fundraiser for Sunday, April 14, which would have been Colin’s birthday. Plans are to have the fundraiser at Valentine Park, and Sprague hopes to launch the event with a police-escorted skateboard ride from Orange City Elementary School, 555 E. University Ave., to the park.
Donations for the Colin Michael Anderson Memorial Trust, for park promotion and construction, can be made at Wells Fargo bank locations. Sprague said even if others don’t back the idea of naming the park for Colin, she would remain committed to raising funds to build it.
For more information, visit the Colin Anderson Memorial Skate Park Facebook page.
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