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Construction begins on Amherst skate park

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Posted at 5:31 AM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 05:31:46-04

Groundbreaking on a skate park in Amherst takes place Friday morning, six years after the teenager it's named after was killed.  The Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation will begin construction on the skate park at the Northtown Center on Amherst Manor Drive.

The park is being created in memory of 18-year-old Alix Rice, who was killed in July of 2011 when she was hit by a drunk driver while riding her long board on Heim Road in Amherst.  Since the summer of 2012, The Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation and the community has been raising money to build a skate park.

A grant from New York State and the Tony Hawk Foundation helped make the park a reality.  The groundbreaking will start at 10:00 Friday morning.