Lifland Skatepark holding Rock ’n Roll fundraiser Saturday

Get ready to rock and roll and catch some air.

The inaugural fundraiser for Lifland Skatepark at Elm Park, just off West Fourth Street across from Bowman Field, kicks off at noon Saturday with coordinators expecting live bands, fresh food and contests for skateboarders and their families.

“We’re having our first Rock ‘n Roll fundraising party,” said Lonnie Wilcox, the park manager. The fundraiser, to raise money for $3,000 annual insurance and a planned second phase section to mimic a downtown street with obstacles such as ledges, steps and rails, also will serve as a showcase of skateboarding talent – when a lot of practicing can pay off.

“The kids can put on a nice show to show what they’ve learned,” said Sally Butterfield, a city resident who donated $40,000 toward the cost of the park’s construction.

“We had always envisioned the park as a two-phase project,” Butterfield said. “Besides insurance, we want to raise money for the phase of obstacles.”

Butterfield said the park is named after Fay Lifland, her late mother.

Wilcox said he’s psyched about the party aspect, with the talented line up of bands and the best tricks contest.

Users sign a waiver and get a sticker for their helmet in order to use the park. Users skate at their own risk, Butterfield said.

“Hundreds of kids from the city and region and out-of-state are using it,” Wilcox said.

The weather Saturday is forecast to be sunny with a high of 73 degrees.