Logan Wells’ family raises the $190,000 to build skate park in his memory in Anaheim

Friends and family of Logan Wells, a Yorba Linda teen killed while skateboarding in 2014, are planning a spring groundbreaking for a memorial skate park in Anaheim.

Fundraising efforts netted $190,000 to design and build the Logan Wells Memorial SkateZone next to the East Anaheim Gymnasium. The park could be ready for use by early next year, Anaheim spokeswoman Lauren Gold said.

“I kind of feel like we’re a step closer to some peace,” Katie Wells, Logan’s mother, said. “We put so much emotion and effort into the fundraising, I think we kind of pushed the grieving part aside.”

Logan Wells, a 16-year-old El Dorado High student with a passion for skateboarding, was struck while skating March 23, 2014, and died hours later at a hospital.

Supporters initially hoped to build a memorial skate park in Yorba Linda, but officials said the obstacles – finding a suitable spot and and raising a projected $1 million – were too great. Anaheim officials stepped in to offer a space next to the gym and police station.

“I love the location because I think parents with younger kids can feel safe with the police station right there,” Katie Wells said.

Logan Wells' parents, from right, mother Katie Wells, father Joe Wells, and stepmother Gloriana Wells, all of Yorba Linda, walk through the future site of a skate park to be named after him in Anaheim in 2016. /File photo by Ed Crisostomo, The Orange County Register/SCNG
Logan Wells’ parents, from right, mother Katie Wells, father Joe Wells, and stepmother Gloriana Wells, all of Yorba Linda, walk through the future site of a skate park to be named after him in Anaheim in 2016. /File photo by Ed Crisostomo, The Orange County Register/SCNG

She and Joe Wells, Logan’s father, expressed their gratitude to everyone who donated or helped the effort in some way. Joe Wells said they held golf tournaments, restaurant benefits and a 5K run. Businesses, charities and even kids who could only give a few dollars chipped in.

“It’s been a lot of work to get to this point. We were almost a little bit discouraged” at cost estimates that seemed to keep growing, Joe Wells said.

But Logan’s parents both said the community, even strangers, have been in their corner the whole time.

“Out of a tragedy, it’s been beautiful the support we’ve gotten,” Katie Wells said.

Gold said proposals to design and build the park are due to Anaheim by Feb. 20. Community meetings will be held in spring to get input on the park’s design, and the family hopes to have a groundbreaking ceremony May 25, when Logan would have turned 21.

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