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Council Tabs Former Walsh Pool Area for Skate Park

Council agreed Tuesday to proceed with relocating the borough's modular skate park to the Walsh Pool area on Harristown Road by the Dobrow Sports Complex.

With only a few weeks remaining for the borough to formalize the or risk losing county open space grant funding for the project, council has selected the former Walsh Pool as the skate park's new destination.

"We, as a council, made a commitment that we would do this," Deputy Mayor Ed Trawinski said Tuesday. "And I think it’s something that we need to try here, do our best to enforce our rules and regulations and give it a shot. I can’t think of a better location in Fair Lawn -- if we’re going to put it anywhere -- that we could put it."

Last June, the borough opened the Warren Point Annex Skate Park at a converted tennis court on 30th Street and Pellack Drive, but the set up lasted less than a month before .

Trawinski said the new proposed location -- on Harristown Road adjacent to the -- should be more palatable to residents.

"There’s no residents affected by this," he said. "It’s proximate to the Dobrow Complex, but the Dobrow Complex is first and foremost a recreation complex."

Deputy Mayor John Cosgrove, the only council member who opposed the relocation, said he had spoken to residents and organizations that used the Dobrow Complex regularly and found strong opposition to the skate park.

"If you had a skate park that was somewhere for 30 days and they pulled it out and they want to build it in your neighborhood, what would you think?" Cosgrove said. "People say, 'You’re giving us the problem that you had on the other side of town and you’re moving it to our side of town.'"

While Cosgrove said he applauded the concept and would love to see kids have a place to skateboard legally in Fair Lawn, he didn't believe there was any location in town where residents would accept a skate park.

Trawinski responded that he felt obligated to honor the commitment the previous council had made to provide resident skateboarders a spot of their own.

"What do you tell those kids? Where are they supposed to go?" asked Trawinski, referring to the children who, after being chased out of the CVS parking lot by police, had approached council looking for a legal place to skate. "We bend over backwards through an organized sports program to provide activities for all kinds of organized sports, but we don’t do it for kids like that who ask for it. And they’re entitled to as much ability to use borough and borough facilities as those who participate in organized sports."

The borough, which already has spent $35,000 on the park and its equipment -- pieces of which are currently in storage -- is prepared to spend an additional $25,000 to fill Walsh Pool, surface the new skate park and enclose it with fencing.

Borough manager Tom Metzler said he was cautiously optimistic that the $15,000 filling costs could be mitigated if the borough can obtain certified clean fill from another construction project, bringing the total relocation price tag to about $10,000.

Once the project is completed -- Metzler estimated it would be another year before the skate park is ready for use -- the borough will receive a $35,000 reimbursement from the county.

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Marty Cone June 02, 2012 at 11:10 AM
@BB, I wont accept what these councils are doing. They moved it there based on the same reasoning. Drive through marvelous "Columbia Heights" or should I say North Paterson, not too picturesque. Not looking to leave Fair Lawn, just pointing out that the skate park is better on the outskirts of Fair Lawn because the low income folks seem to tolerate these things or just have to accept them because they do not have a choice. @Deleted, nice rambling , next time have a point other than the one on the top of your head,
Deleted because of harassment June 02, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I don't wear panties because I grew a third arm from living on the 'low income" side of town, where they build housing on hazardous waste sites. As for picking on Beemers - go to any parking lot and you can find the people I am refering to, the one's with that friendly and neighborly Marty (or is it Adolpho) attitude who buy things they can't drive because, well, they can, and comment about things while insulting other because, well, that's what passes for conversation in their "classy" minds. Marty - the real one - probably lives in a converted garage in his parent's yard, stealing his internet access off his neighbor's open router somewhere in one of those states where he was allowed to drop out of school in ninth grade. Now, what were the adults talking about?
Joe Kos September 03, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Hopefully the staue of limitations has passed. But look at these "criminals" trespassing and using the old skate park without helmets. Dont we have enough law suits on our hands? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFaZRozLlok&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Stuart Pace September 03, 2012 at 09:51 PM
perfect place to burn Reggie Ridgewood this year
Cynthia Smythe September 03, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Bonfires are so last century, the new thing is to burn down the whole playground.

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