Skateboard park plans move ahead in Forks Township
Updated On: Feb 22 2013 09:55:51 AM CST
Forks Township will be sporting a new skateboard park within the next two years.
The township’s board of supervisors approved plans Thursday night for a skateboard park to be built off of Municipal Drive. No tax dollars will be used for this project.
“The park is funded by direct subsidies, monies paid by the developers when development happened in the township,” said Rachel Sulzbach, the director of the parks and recreation department of Forks Township.
The funds from these developers have been set aside in a bank account and can only be used on recreation, said the board.
The skateboard park is estimated to cost $76,000. Sulzbach plans to apply for federal grant money that could match the town’s budget for the project.
Police Chief Greg Dorney noted during Thursday night’s supervisor’s meeting that building a skateboard park could eventually save the township money. According to him, much money has been spent over the years replacing benches, picnic tables and railings damaged by skateboarders which could have been avoided had those kids had somewhere else to go.
Local skateboarders were welcomed into the discussion Wednesday night during a meeting with several town supervisors. They offered insight into the layout of the park and support for the project.
“They don’t play soccer or basketball or any of those organized sports. Skateboarding is their sport and we want to support them,” Sulzbach said.
The board of supervisors had already confirmed the park in June as part of their five-year plan. At Thursday night’s meeting, the board of supervisors simply approved measures to seek federal grant money to further fund the project.
After several years of discussion, the skateboard park project will begin in spring 2013. A two part plan, the project may not be completed until 2014.
Copyright 2013 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Teen bicyclist dies of injuries from crash with tractor trailer
7 alleged gang members charged with murder in deadly stabbing
Woman pedestrian killed after being hit by car in Allentown
Man ordered to trial in crash that killed East Penn CEO
Don't fall for this latest credit, debit card scam
Good Samaritan jumps into action after violent wreck on bypass
Investigators look into deaths of couple's 3 other children
Teen on motorized bike hospitalized following accident with tractor trailer
Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk
What's impact of 'Ice Bucket Challenge' on ALS?