Roller skating, not to be confused with roller blading, has seen a comeback thanks to the pandemic, and Iowa is holding a top position to bring it to the next big thing, thanks to a group in Des Moines.

A new skatepark is being built in Des Moines, called Lauridsen Skate Park.

It's going to be located in the heart of downtown, designed by professional skaters Lance Mountain and Colby Carter, and is intended to be a world-class level park on-par with popular professional parks around the country.

A career roller skater from the area, Katie Baird, said she's had to travel 2+ hours to reach a decent skatepark that meets her needs, because large concrete parks are difficult to come by in the Midwest.

"It's huge to have a facility like this in our backyard," Baird told Axios. "It's like a training ground opening for us — it's so much opportunity."

Rollerskate Des Moines founder Charissa Thornton-Raysby says the newer pandemic skaters will be able to fully immerse themselves in the sport once the park is completed.

Lauridsen Skatepark is set to open May 22, 2021, and holds over 88,000 sq. ft, making it "The largest open skatepark in the nation," according to the website.

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The park will of course be open to skaters and BMX enthusiasts, but it's sure to bring people from around the country to ride the fresh pavement.

Read more at Axios

Quad City Area Home With Waterslide, Stage & More Selling For $2.5 Million

This gorgeous home for sale is just an hour away from the Quad Cities. Located at 26960 Sieverding Ridge in Bellevue, IA, this beautiful home is what the realtor is calling "an entertainers dream". It has 4 bedrooms, 3.75 bathrooms, a 4 car garage, an in ground pool with a 97 foot waterslide, a full lodge with a bar and stage, and so much more. This is the listing of the house, according to the Dubuque Area For Sale By Owner website.

This property has a 4,499 square foot house, a detached lodge with full bar and garage/workspace/shop, and an in ground fiberglass pool with a 97 foot water slide and pool house .

This gorgeous home is located in the country and is just 2 minutes away from homey, beautiful, Bellevue, Iowa. 

It features many custom upgrades including, but not limited too:
  • All brick home
  • Granite countertops including 2 islands in the main kitchen
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Beverage cooler
  • Maple and bamboo hardwood floors
  • 2 fireplaces
  • Large master suite
  • Walk-in closets
  • Full kitchen in the basement
  • 3 dishwashers
  • Large walk in pantry
  • Large dining room area
  • 2 laundry rooms
  • Forced air heat and central air
  • Mud room/ locker area off the garage
  • Office
  • Large windows that allows natural lighting.

The property also includes a detached garage/lodge/bar/shop area that 3,440 square foot and all brick. The garage/lodge also has many customs upgrades including, but not limited too:
  • Full kitchen with granite countertops
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Living and dining area
  • Full bathroom
  • Storage area that is currently used as a hunting lodge
  • Forced air heat and central air
  • Full bar entertainment area with stage that seats 50 plus people
  • Additional garage area that can used for multiple purposes including shop area, boat storage, etc. 

And of course this home has a gorgeous in ground pool and gorgeous outdoor space. The in ground fiberglass pool is salt water and 16' x 40' and a kiddie pool/ tanning ledge that is 8' x 16' and an automatic pool cover. The pool also includes a basketball hoop. A large concrete deck overlooks the pool area where the 97 foot water slide begins. 

There is a pool house too that includes a half bathroom, storage area, pool equipment room, full bar with ice machine, beverage coolers, stainless steel sinks, and concrete bar. A large built in pergola sits on the tanning deck which provides cooling shade. The pool is surrounded by concrete that creates space for many entertainment options. 

See what this gorgeous, $2.5 million home in Bellevue, IA looks like below!