JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Junction City residents celebrated the grand opening of a brand new skate park on Saturday. Despite the rain, skaters of all ages came out to test the new course.
Community members hope the park will be a fun and safe place for kids as well as serve as a place to remember and honor Julius Schmidt, a young boy and avid skateboarder who was killed in a train accident last month. His family and friends also made it out to the opening.
“We’ve been waiting years for this to open. Really, that’s just what he wanted,” said Julius’ brother Roman Schmidt.
Julius’ mother Rosanna Schmidt said, “I’m here at the skate park just to honor his memory.”
Mike Schmidt, Julius’ father said, “Julius will be remembered forever because of this.”
A memorial bench will be placed in Schmidt’s honor in a few weeks.