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Preliminary talks have started on whether, where and how Lansdale may want to build a skate park in the borough.
“We have an underserved population in our community that skateboards, so to enhance what we do and provide something to that group, we’ve earmarked [ funds] for a skate park,” said Parks and Recreation Director Carl Saldutti.
“Right now, we’re kind of in the infancy stages, be- cause we want to assess our assets, where are the locations we might want to lo- cate a skate park and where does it make the most sense to do that,” he said.
Saldutti told council’s parks and recreation committee that he, Borough Manager Timi Kirchner, police Chief Robert McDyre and committee Chairwoman Mary Fuller have started to scout out possible locations.
His department’s longterm capital needs list includes a preliminary estimate of $300,000 for a skate park, but Saldutti told the FRPPLWWHH WKDW fiJuRH FRuOG change as the process moves ahead.
“At the time, if you were going to put in a concrete structure for a skate park, that was running somewhere around $32 per square foot. We looked at something like a 10,000-square-foot facility, perhaps 100 by 100 feet, so we’d be in the ballpark of about $300,000,” he said.
Once a location is determined by staff, the public’s input will be a big part of the process.
“We’re not going to design it,” Saldutti said. “We want to get the input of the users, so we’ll form a panel of kids who represent that commuNLWy, LI yRu wLOO,” WR fiNG RuW what they’d like to see in the facility.
That public involvement process would ideally not only provide valuable feedback as planning begins, but also help build interest and make the community feel invested in the project.
“That way we get some assurance that what’s built will be appreciated by the users, that they would have given their input and that will give them ownership in it. We think those elements are key to having a successful project,” he said.
Funding could also be contributed from those user groups, and Saldutti said he will also research grant opportunities that could help support the potential park, but any large expenditure would likely be requested that council fund it through the borough’s 2012 capital project bond.
Ramps fill an area of Wedgewood Park in Lansdale used for skating. Borough officials are scouting new locations for a skate park.