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2018-03-14 / Front Page

Alix Rice Peace Park nears final stages

by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor


Tammy Schueler stands next to a rendering of the Alix Rice Peace Park, a skate park to be built in memory of her 18-year-old daughter, Alix Rice. The photo was captured during a groundbreaking ceremony held for the skatepark in July 2017. 
Bee file photo Tammy Schueler stands next to a rendering of the Alix Rice Peace Park, a skate park to be built in memory of her 18-year-old daughter, Alix Rice. The photo was captured during a groundbreaking ceremony held for the skatepark in July 2017. Bee file photo Completion of the the Alix Rice Peace Park is drawing closer, as last week the retaining wall — which forms a border around the planned 10,000-square-foot skate park — was erected near the Northtown Center at Amherst.

A foundation, formed in 2012, tasked itself with building the park in memory of Rice, a town teenager who was killed in 2011 when she was struck on Heim Road by a drunken driver. Rice was on a skateboard at the time of the incident.

The skate park is being built on the northern parking lot adjacent to the football field and bike path on the property of the Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive near Millersport Highway.

Rice’s mother, Tammy Schueler, said that by the end of the month, crushed stone will be laid around the inside of the walls in preparation for concrete to be poured.

She said Independent Shotcrete has been contracted to build all of the skateable features, such as the bowls, ramps and other flat surfaces.

The company uses a sprayed concrete process in its construction of skate parks. Using the same process, the firm also constructs building foundations, tunnel columns and road and landscape stabilization.

She also said the Alix Rice Peace Park will be the first in the area to include a bowl for its users.

“For skaters, having a bowl is a huge deal,” she said.

Schueler added that while construction of the skate park will take approximately two months, aesthetic features will also be added after the work is completed.

Such features include a mural to be painted on an exterior wall by one of Schueler’s friends, and another wall that will include memorial bricks that were purchased by donors as part of fundraising efforts.

She said the skate park’s grand opening, which should be in early summer, will include a basket raffle to help defray operation and maintenance costs for the facility.

Additionally, Schueler said the Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation may examine the possibility of providing skating lessons or offering competitions that will also raise money to offset operational costs.

Once open, the skate park will be available for use from dusk to dawn, Schueler said. Rules will be posted outside the park for all skating and bicycling enthusiasts to obey. The regulations include mandating that all users wear helmets, pads and other safety equipment.

Schueler added that she and the members of the foundation are looking forward to the skate park’s completion and it being available for use by the public.

“[Alix] would be so happy that everybody did this in her name,” Schueler said. “The skate park and foundation were created to carry on her beliefs and values. And the foundation is made of such an incredible group of people.”

For more information about the Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation or to purchase a memorial brick, visit www.alixrice.com.

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