A 5K run in June at Stevenson Park will help raise funds for a skate park in Three Forks.
The run hosted by the Three Forks Skate Park Coalition is scheduled for Saturday, June 10, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
According to Justin Higginbotham, the coalition's objective is to put a 3,500-square-foot skate park in Stevenson Park suitable for children, teens, and adults. He added it would cover the area of the old basketball plus some extra square footage.
Higginbotham founded the Three Forks Skate Park Coalition two years ago with his wife, Trish, and children Ahtziri, 10, and Izaiah, 7.
"I grew up skateboarding, and it helped shape who I am today. Skating offers a creative outlet and a means to express oneself while having a blast in the process. This experience is what the TFSPC wants to share with the community of Three Forks," he said.
The coalition is currently fundraising $250,000 for the project.
"Grindline Skate Park Company out of Seattle will build the park once we raise the funds. In their words, they could start next week if we were ready. The timeline all boils down to how long it takes to come up with the money. Ideally, we'd like to see it happen as soon as possible," he said.
Regarding the upcoming 5K, Higginbotham said the goal is to raise community awareness of the project and at least make enough to create the plans and layout for the park and maybe even snag a big donor or two.
Registration for the run will begin in person at 1 p.m. at the park pavilion. The run will start at 2 p.m.
Higginbotham said Bridger Brewing has been gracious and offered some kegs of beer and root beer for the event.
The cost for the 5K run is $20 for adults and $10 for students, with all proceeds going to the skate park.
Donations can also be given directly to Three Forks City Hall, and checks can be made out to the City of Three Forks.