Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Poolesville Parks Board recommends skate park

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After more than two years of debate, Poolesville’s Parks Board has recommended building a skate park in town, but the idea must still be approved by the town’s Commissioners Board before the project can commence.

If approved, the park would be the first recreational facility built by the town besides its more traditional parks, according to Town Manager Wade Yost.

The seven-member advisory board voted 4-0 in favor of a skate park, and the decision was greeted with a loud round of applause from the roughly 60 adults and youths who attended the May 7 meeting to register their support. two members abstained and one was absent.

The board recommended a 6,600-square-foot above-ground park with fixtures such as ramps and rails for skateboarders and in-line skaters secured by fencing, with the option of adding on if necessary. It also recommended the park be built on a 3.77-acre tract of land on Wootton Avenue behind Selby’s Market, a site the town plans to use for recreation, though it has not yet been determined what the specific use will be. The property will likely need a master plan before any decisions are made, board members said. The town’s commissioners will likely discuss creating a master plan, a process that could take several months, at their next meeting, Yost said.

Board members have cautioned in the past that the skate park, if built, could take years to design and construct. It could open well after many of the pre-teens and teens who have lobbied for its construction graduate from high school.