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North Penn Life - - News - By Dan Sokil dsokil@jour­nalregis­ter.com

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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.

Photo by MARK C. PSORAS

Ramps fill an area of Wedge­wood Park in Lans­dale used for skat­ing. Bor­ough of­fi­cials are scout­ing new lo­ca­tions for a skate park.

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