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Skateboard park plans move ahead in Forks Township

By Olivia Albright, Assignment Editor / Web Producer, OAlbright@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 21 2013 10:20:34 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 22 2013 09:55:51 AM CST
FORKS TWP., Pa. -

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.