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Date announced for Grand Opening of city's MTR Skatepark

SEGUIN, Texas – The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration for the City of Seguin’s first public, concrete skatepark can finally be announced. City leaders invite the public to join them on Wednesday, August 5th from 5 to 7 P.M. for an evening of fun including: activities for skaters, giveaways, drinks/snacks, a skate demonstration by the TxSk8 Team and even a DJ.

“The Grand Opening of the MTR Skatepark culminates more than a decade of work from residents to construct a permanent skatepark in Seguin. It will be a fun, safe place to skate,” said Jack Jones, Parks Director.

It took longer than expected to complete the new attraction due to the rains in May and June which caused numerous construction delays. For skaters it will be worth the wait. Now, the skatepark and all of its amenities are almost ready for action - the parking lot, sidewalks, electrical/lighting, drinking fountains, park signage, and landscaping.

MTR Skatepark will be open during normal park hours:
Monday - Thursday from 6 A.M. – 11 P.M.
Friday – Sunday from 6 A.M. – midnight

Seguin City Council named the skate park in memory of Michael Thomas Raetzsch, an avid Seguin skater who passed away in 2009 at the age of 22. Michael’s parents, Beth and Dr. Thomas Raetzsch, who strongly supported a Seguin skatepark, will participate in the ceremony.

The MTR Skatepark is located on the southeast corner of San Antonio Avenue and North Vaughan Avenue. The skatepark is part of the larger Park West, which will include athletic fields, lighted basketball court, a playscape, splash pad, group pavilion, picnic shelters, nature trails, off-road bicycle trail, parking, restrooms and concessions. Park West construction is still in progress, but could be finished for a September Grand Opening. Both parks are funded by the 2013 voter-approved bond package that allotted $5-million for park amenities.

Click here for the official press release.

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The Parks and Recreation Department operates the city's recreation programs, adult athletic programs and aquatic programs along with maintaining 12 parks comprised of 349.11 acres. The mission of the city’s Parks & Recreation department is to foster community participation and improve the quality of life for citizens of all ages, by providing safe recreational facilities and programs, leisure time opportunities, aquatics, and park development that will enhance the health, happiness and morale of the citizens.

Posted by: Morgan Ash