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PRESCOTT, Arizona (October 29, 2002)—To most people, $400,000 is a lot of money. That’s the estimate for constructing Prescott’s proposed skate park. The city’s match of $100,000 is a fantastic start. More than $25,000 has been raised, but it is a long way to reach the $400,000 goal.

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe will further challenge the community to provide funds for the new skate park at Ken Lindley Park. If the community raises a specified amount above the $100,000 pledged by the city of Prescott, the Tribe will match the funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Building a skate park will benefit many Prescott area residents,” says Ernie Jones, Sr., president of the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe. “It will provide a unique recreational opportunity for our youths, and it will alleviate some of the tensions and liabilities that skating on private commercial properties poses.”

The Tribe will announce its skate park challenge on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. Mayor Rowle Simmons will be on hand to speak, as well. We invite your coverage of this important announcement.

The Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe consists of 160 members and occupies a reservation of less than 1,500 acres adjacent to Prescott. Tribal enterprises, including a business park, shopping center and two casinos, provide more than 2,500 jobs for the local economy.