Has skatepark found a home?
After evaluating three different potential sites for a new skatepark, New Richmond may have found the perfect location.
At Monday's regular City Council meeting, Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Joe Kerlin said the city's Park Board has recommended land on the southern end of Cyclone Park for the proposed skatepark.
The location sits directly across from the New Richmond Police Department office, on a small piece of land along Knowles Avenue.
Kerlin said he needs to check on one issue prior to recommending approval from the council. He said road right-of-way issues involving Knowles Avenue could play a factor in whether the site is acceptable.
"We just have to do our due diligence," he said.
The council voted to table the issue until further information can be gathered.
If the site is found to be acceptable, Kerlin said a 120-foot by 50-foot asphalt would be installed and various skatepark elements would be added, including half pipes, rails and jumps.
Kerlin said skatepark boosters, including a group of graduates of New Richmond's Leadership Trust Initiative, would be raising the necessary fund to make the facility a reality.
"At this time we're not asking the city for any money," he said.
Kerlin said the park's development would occur over time, with new elements being added as money is raised.
When asked about providing supervision at the skatepark, Kerlin said the site is in a great spot.
"They're not stuck in a corner somewhere," he said. "I feel it's an excellent place due to the supervision it has."
In response to questions regarding liability issues and restroom facilities, Kerlin said many communities have skateparks and liability issues are not a big concern. Skatepark backers would also need to invest in a portable bathroom, he suggested.
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