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Skatepark memorializing Yorba Linda teen is dedicated, opened

Katie Wells, was sure her son, Logan Wells, was smiling down on his family and friends as they gathered on Saturday, Feb. 23, to dedicate an Anaheim skatepark to his memory.

Logan was 16 when he was struck by a van and killed while skateboarding in Yorba Linda, where he lived, in 2014. He loved skateboarding and had once started a petition to get a park built, so his loved ones thought following through on his goal would be a fitting way to remember him.

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They raised $190,000 in donations to create a 5,000-square-foot park next to the East Anaheim Gymnasium on land donated by the city. It took 11 concrete pours over two months of construction, Katie Wells said in a Thursday phone interview, and she was there for every one.

Wells documented the process of building her son’s park, and she’s shared it on social media with family and Logan’s large circle of friends, who she said can’t wait to try it out.

They got the chance on Saturday after a dedication ceremony, when Katie Wells expected to be coaxed onto a skateboard too.

But whether visitors can do a flawless kickflip or have never heard of an ollie, she hopes the park will be a peaceful place that recalls her photography-loving, joke-making, skateboarding son for years to come.

“It’ll be there for kids who didn’t even know him,” Katie Wells said. “It’s the best thing we could have done.”


Source: Orange County Register

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