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Work has begun on site of Amherst skate park honoring Alix Rice

Work began within the last month to prepare the future site of the Alix Rice Peace Park, a skate park honoring an Amherst teenager killed six years ago by a drunk driver.

Organizers hope that contractor Independent Shotcrete can begin construction in August on the 10,000-square-foot skate park in a parking lot at the Northtown Center ice rink complex. Construction will take between eight to 10 weeks.

Plans unveiled in early March show two skate-in bowls and elements that appeal to inline skaters and BMX bikers.

Amherst skate park honoring Alix Rice will open by summer

Volunteers have spent years raising money for the town's first skate park. Its namesake, Alexandria "Alix" Rice, was 18 when she was killed riding her longboard in July 2011.

The park will cost about $450,000 to build, plus $8,000 to $10,000 in annual maintenance and insurance expenses. Organizers have raised $423,000, said Brian Duff, vice president of the Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation.

Officials will hold a groundbreaking Friday morning.

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