Thanks to a generous donation from Rama and Sangeetha Gali, family and many friends, the Sugar Land Skate Park has two exciting new skate ramps: a “grind box” and “Jersey barrier”. This truly was a community effort to remember and honor Arjun Gail, who unexpectedly passed away in November of 2014. This $9,000 upgrade brings an exciting new dynamic to the park and allows skaters to further challenge themselves with more advanced skate tricks.
Joe Chesser, Assistant Director of the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department, worked with the Gali family and the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation to make these new ramps a reality. The ramps were formally dedicated on September 5, 2015 with nearly 100 family members, friends and city officials present to celebrate the occasion. Included in the attendees were City Council members Harish Jajoo and Steve Porter, Legacy Foundation member John Null, and Parks and Recreation Director Dawn Steph.
In addition, a plaque was installed at the skate park in remembrance of Arjun. The plaque reads “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” (William James). Land a trick for the soul of Arjun Gali and celebrate his free spirit!”
Arjun Gali, a resident of New Territory, who had just turned 15 shortly before his passing, was an avid skate boarder, in addition to being a photographer, drummer, and soccer player. Arjun is also remembered as a warm and fun-loving person, full of imagination, humor and insight. The new skate ramps represent a tangible way of celebrating Arjun’s spirit for many years to come.