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      $300,000 Marquette Skate Plaza now open

      The Marquette Skate Plaza is officially open.

      The roughly $300,000 project has been eight years in the making. Dozens of skateboarders spent the evening trying out the new skate park. City officials honored the event with a ribbon cutting, and Casualties Skate, Snow, and Surf gave Nheena Weyer-Ittner a skateboard signed by many who came to skate Friday, including the two guest professional skaters. Weyer-Ittner has played a key role in fundraising and planning since day one, but she says it has been an enormous community effort that was started by Marquette's young skaters. So far, the skateboarders say they love the plaza.

      "I like the plaza. It took years to get the fundraising, but they finally built it. I think it's really nice and it's going good. I think today is really good. I'm glad that everyone is here skating, having a good time, living life, being happy," said Anthony Peano, a Marquette skateboarder.

      Casualties and NMU's Skate and Snowboard Club organized the celebration, complete with food, music, and prizes.