Parks and Recreation

City Adding to Skate Park with Donation


Mayor Josh Moenning, Nathan Powell-Parks and Recreation Director, and PJ Evans-Assistant Director of Recreation

The City of Norfolk will be adding to its skate park thanks to a donation from the late Lee W. DeKarske.

At the request of DeKarske, the $114,201.82 donation will be used for the construction of a pump track at the skate park. 

“On behalf of the City of Norfolk and the Norfolk Parks and Recreation department, I would like to thank Lee DeKarske for his generous donation towards a pump track at our skate park,” said Nathan Powell, Parks and Recreation Director.

“A pump track is a circular loop with hills and berms. There is no need to pedal or push in a pump track if ridden correctly. They’re great for bicycles, skateboards, inline skates, wheelchairs and scooters. This gift is very much appreciated and will help provide new opportunities for all,” Powell added.

“We are very grateful to Mr. DeKarske for his generous gift.  As our parks and recreation facilities grow and improve, it’s exciting and gratifying to see community members want to contribute to that growth by dedicating their own resources to it. These are legacy gifts that will benefit generations of Norfolkans to come,” said Mayor Josh Moenning.

The anticipated timeline for construction of the new pump track is spring 2023. 

Lee DeKarske owned and operated Lee’s Jewelry in Norfolk for over 40 years. He was active in many social activities and was a member of the Shriners.

Concept Rendering of the Pump Track