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Walsh Pool Filled for Skate Park

Workers have been out filling what was once Walsh Pool this week so the area can be converted to a modular skate park.

The first step in the process of converting Walsh Pool into a skate park started this week as crews began dumping clean fill into the one-time borough swimming hole.

The borough had hoped to fill the pool weeks ago, but has been delayed for a variety or reasons — the most recent being wet weather conditions. Once skies cleared over the weekend, however, filling finally began in earnest on Monday, borough engineer Ken Garrison said.

Garrison said filling the pool area -- which has an average depth of 6 feet, but goes as deep as 12 feet in some areas -- should last about a month to ensure proper spreading and compacting of the dirt.

Once filled, Garrison said the borough must then wait until late spring or early summer before the fill has adequately settled to begin any sort of construction work.

Until then, the borough's skate park equipment will remain in storage, where it's been since being removed from a converted tennis court near a residential area on 30th Street and Pellack Drive last July. The original skate park set up, dubbed the Warren Point Annex Skate Park, lasted less than a month before being disassembled as a result of resident complaints.

This May, the borough formalized plans for the park's relocation at the site of the former Walsh Pool on Harristown Road adjacent to the Dobrow Sports Complex.

The borough's current plan involves a multi-phase redesign of the Walsh Pool area for recreational use.

The first phase of the redesign includes not only the placement of the skate park equipment in an enclosed concrete area, but also a sidewalk system to both the skate park and existing playground, a berm of trees between the skate park and playground that should serve as a sound barrier, and a patio extension behind the current All-Sports field house that would offer a clear line of sight to the skate park.

Future phases call for the construction of a gazebo, community garden, splash park and, perhaps, a man-made pond at the site.

Garrison said he expects the skate park portion to be ready for use by late next summer.

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AlwaysRight September 30, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Fair Lawn streets with potholes aplenty, existing parks in need of upkeep, water tower rusting away, infastructure crumbling and boro employees furloughed and their contract not renewed for years, the list goes on and on, and now the council has this new gimmick and plays like Santa Claus for parents who want a taxpayer paid skatepark, not to be used by all, only the physically capable and skateboard enthusiast? This is a disgrace!
JEN October 01, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Helga Walsh donated that land with strict instructions that it be used for the children of Fair Lawn and I am glad to see the children excited for something to do that gets them to put the video games down and gets them outside playing with real life humans.
Jack Schmidt October 01, 2012 at 02:24 AM
We have broken video games at the community center, Fair Lawn children can compete with the staff for use of the dated games which do work.... The deed restriction was known to the Republicans, yet they put us in harms way. Why? Maybe someone from the Republican club can explain....
A.J.Maikis October 01, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Unfortunately over my many years in Fair Lawn I've seen the ongoing deterioration of our roads, parks and some private buildings. There is no doubt in my mind that this skate park will look the same in a few years. Just take a look at the rollerblading hockey rink down at Memorial Park that lasted only a few seasons. Our officials over the past many years (repubs and dems) have been a disgrace.
Jane Lyle Diepeveen October 06, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Her name was Helda - not Hilda, not Helga. She herself did not donate the property to the Boro - it was the neighborhood association that owned it.

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