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May 2, 2013

Advocates seek city skate spot space



Posted skate spot rules such as protective gear use and other safety regulations make the idea no different than other park activity areas.

“The key from the city standpoint is to make sure that if you authorize such a thing on city property we are going to be responsible for making sure it’s properly designed and maintained,” Jordan said. “I’d be use at your own risk, but at the same time, we would have certain safety standards. It’s no different from the swimming pool at Walter B. Williams when it was up and running from that standpoint.”

City Public Works Director Frank Baugh said any future planning like the renovation of Layton Field or other Central City Park projects must be consistent with a master plan.

Baugh said ultimately the skate spot’s future lies with what kind of amenities elected officials look at targeting.

“Whether that’s what we do in the park or not, we aren’t in a position to commit. We’d have to see what’s consistent with the city’s long-term vision in terms of what we are doing with our parks,” Baugh said.

City Manager Barry Jarrett said chatter about a skate park has gone on recently though no proposals have officially moved forward at the city.

Councilwoman Denese Shinholster, District 3, mentioned several Council members seem to think the shape of Central City Park would be conducive to building a skate park.

“The idea is that we would look into how one could be designed. We are looking into, not necessarily recreation because the city is not in the recreation business, something as an outdoor activity for people to enjoy,” Shinholster said. “I think it’s a wonderful place in close proximity to the college. Central City Park has always been a place for a lot of people to go because of the access to it.” 

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