AMHERST, N.Y.- More than three years after her death, a planned skate park to honor a local teenage girl is about to become reality.
The Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation was awarded a $128,888 parks grant from New York State Thursday as part of the annual Regional Economic Development Council Awards. Prior to receiving the grant, the foundation was about $120,000 shy of their $350,000 goal.
"It really is what we needed to say, 'It will happen,'" Jon Fulcher, president of the foundation told 2 On Your Side over the phone. "Now it's just a matter of securing the maintenance, insurance and program fees going forward."
The park will be dedicated to Rice, who was killed in 2011 by a drunk driver while she was riding her skateboard home from work.