The skate park under construction on Hunter Street near downtown Apex has a new name – the Rodgers Family Skate Plaza.
Local businessman John Rodgers offered to give the town $100,000 for naming rights to the skate park. That’s in addition to the $80,000 donated by the Apex Chamber of Commerce for naming rights to a bandstand that will be next to the plaza.
“This is a magnanimous gesture on the part of Mr. Rodgers,” Radford said.
The entire park costs about $690,000 to build and is expected to open in August.
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Rodgers owns a Prime Mortgage Lending office in town and has been active in the Rotary Club and the Apex Chamber of Commerce.
The town also has raised close to $70,000 in cash and material donations from other individuals and businesses, Town Manager Bruce Radford said.
The park will contain an 8-foot deep competition skating bowl as well as stairs, rails, ramps and other elements. The design is based off drawings contributed in 2013 from two dozen local skaters.
“I think it will garner national attention when it is completed,” Radford said.
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