Meeting to decide skate park’s fate

Published on Thu, Jan 8, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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Meeting to decide skate park’s fate

By Tara Nelson

Blaine City Council has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the possible closure of the city’s skate park for January 15.

The meeting follows a recent parks and recreation committee recommendation to remove most of the skate park’s aging plywood ramps because they could pose possible safety hazards to users.

The council was scheduled to vote in November but postponed their decision until January to allow the public time to speak on the issue.
Council members had different ideas about the park’s future as well as the role of city government in youth activities in general. Jason Overstreet said he favored closing the park unless a private entity could come up with the funding for repairs. In response, Paul Greenough said the city should support programs that keep Blaine’s skateboarding youth active and out of Cost Cutter’s parking lot. Most, however, agreed dangerous equipment and rotting plywood should be removed from the park until a decision was reached.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Blaine Senior Center. For more information, call 332-8311.