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Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and Kids in Dubuque Skate awarded
$65,000 Wellmark Foundation MATCH grant for local skate park project.

DUBUQUE, Iowa—The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (CFGD) is excited to announce The Wellmark Foundation has awarded a $65,000 Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grant for the Kids in Dubuque Skate (KIDS) skate park project, a project fund managed by the CFGD.

The $800,000 project is part of a 13-year effort of a group of local community members with a dream to build a new skate park in Dubuque. The grant has allowed the KIDS to exceed its $200,000 fundraising challenge from the City of Dubuque. The city committed $600,000 towards the project in 2014, provided the group could raise the remaining funds.

The new skate park will be located at Flora Park and will offer skate features and additional park amenities.

“This grant ensures that Dubuque will have a premier concrete outdoor skatepark for both beginners, experienced skaters and action sports enthusiasts,” said KIDS President Laura Bies. “We are grateful to The Wellmark Foundation and all our other generous donors who have made this dream a reality.”

“The Wellmark Foundation is proud to support this project that encourages physical activity now, and for generations to come,” said Becky Wampler, executive director of The Wellmark Foundation.

Groundbreaking is planned for this summer with an anticipated completion by Fall 2018.


Thank you to all of our Contributors:

      • City of Dubuque
      • Grant Wood Loop/Parks to People
      • Wellmark Foundation
      • ITC Midwest
      • Theisen Home Farm & Auto
      • McGraw-Hill Education
      • Woodward Communications Foundation
      • Mike & Barb Heitz/Reality Check
      • Dubuque Noon Optimists
      • Dupaco Community Credit Union
      • Midwest Storm Company
      • Jean Schultz
      • Jake Roth
      • Dubuque Morning Optimists
      • New Eagle Insurance
  • Dubuque Paint Equipment Services
  • Allen Harves
  • Robert & Laura Bies
  • Dubuque Stamping and Manufacturing
  • Al Hartung
  • Austin Healey
  • Rebekah Matthews
  • Digital Dubuque
  • DuTrac Community Credit Union
  • Charles & Mariann Weber
  • Bob Johnson
  • I Hate Heroin


Dubuque’s New Outdoor Skate Park

Over $800,000 has been raised. Groundbreaking this summer and park completion by fall.

The location chosen is Flora Park in an area near the west end of the park. This park will be available to all ages, free of charge for outdoor recreation and exercise. Skating increases motor skills and creates camraderie between various age groups as experienced skaters help the novices. You can be part of this exciting campaign with your private or corporate matched donation today!

“Having a facility like this is just going to be so much better for the younger kids that are getting into (action sports) now. They’re going to have a world-class facility in their own town and the potential for progression is going to be crazy.”

“Kids are going to be coming here (to Dubuque) now. This is going to be the regional skatepark. This is going to be the best park around. Not only because it’s brand new, but because we’ve done our homework, we’ve put in the leg work for this, we’ve been coming to meetings for years. There have been people invested in this project for so long now that they’ve done the steps that need to be taken to make sure that this is going to be a world-class park.”

“It’s going to foster a great sense of community and be a place that kids can get their physical activity in a place that they can stay out of trouble, a place that parents know that “Hey, my kid is part of this awesome community and is going to be safe and doing something they love.” 
Adam Riegler