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Walsh Pool Area Targeted for Skate Park Relocation

The borough's county open space grant for the skate park project expires in June.

If council moves quickly, Fair Lawn skaters may again have a place to kick, push and coast by summer.

At Tuesday's work session, borough manager Tom Metzler proposed relocating the town's skate park -- pieces of which are currently in storage -- to the Walsh Pool area on Harristown Road by the .

"There’s plenty of parking, it’s a rather large track, it’s away from any homes that there there would be any disruption," Metzler said during a sales pitch to council on the new location.

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 .

The borough, which already has spent $35,000 on the park's equipment, has until June to successfully relocate the skate park or lose county open space grant funding for the project.

"We’ve spent money on all this equipment, apparently all these ramps and everything, which is reimbursable from the county," Metzler said. "But you don’t get the grant until you complete the project. Well, all that equipment sitting in a shed somewhere doesn’t constitute completing the skate park, so [council] has to come up with a new location."

Council members were amenable to the prospect of filling Walsh Pool and converting the area to usable recreation space, barring steep costs.

"I can’t see us ever refilling it [with water] and reopening the pool," said councilman Ed Trawinski, who consented to move forward with the relocation, subject to knowing the costs. "The attendance [at Walsh Pool] we monitored for years, it was next to nothing."

Councilwoman Lisa Swain suggested expanding the project further to include a sand volleyball court.

“Obviously we have to take care of the skate park," Swain said, "but if we are doing anything, it’s such a nice area for some other things.”

Metzler said he would investigate cost figures for the proposed relocation and report back to council.

Bruce Knuckle February 09, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Fair Lawn has it all....Memorial Cesspool, The 3 ring circus at borough hall, and now an official skate park on the way. Glad we got our priorities straight.
Stuart Pace February 09, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I voted no. I would prefer to see the Walsh pool area used for a turf field for the physically challenged.
Peggy Acres February 09, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I would prefer the sprinker water park - nice change for the kids and the playground is right there. The bathrooms are already setup, plus the foodstand. They put a small sprinker park in Lyndhurst & it was such a great idea. Also heard a small ice skating rink was suggested. The skate park does not take much room - that should go down by Memorial, they can make room for that easy.
THUMBS UP February 09, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Great idea! Bruce what is wrong with a skate park? i assume you associate skate boarding w/ punk kids causing trouble which shows how out of touch you are with current culture. skateboarding a multi million dollar industry, theres serious talk about making skateboarding an olympic event, and most importantly its gets kids outside excersizing. if you drive around town on a nice day there are a lot more kids enjoying the day skateboarding than anyother sport or activity. so clearly this will get a lot of use. if you surveyed the town youth im sure theyd take a skatepark over a sprinkler water park. and that is who this is for; the youth of our town not the out of touch 50 plus-ers. stuart- i like the idea of a field for the physically challenge but our town had plenty of fields that can be used for such programs. Great idea and cant wait to go to walsh pool and watch/enjoy the amazing things our local kids can do on these skateboards
THUMBS UP February 09, 2012 at 04:27 PM
for any local kids reading this: take pride and respect this area and prove clowns like bruce wrong. keep it clean and keeping friendly
Stuart Pace February 09, 2012 at 05:11 PM
thumbs-only one field in FL can host players with challenges-the turf field. try to get 5 mins on that field. we need one that would be designed specifically with that in mind.
Chris Antonelli February 09, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Skate park? How about the lack of employees in town hall? Nah, let's spend money on a skate park instead.
RadburnBpark February 09, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Chris glad to see you don't actually read the articles. The money has already been spent on the ramps which will be reimbursed if they are used by the county. If we do not use them than we are stuck with the bill. A skate park is a great idea, i think one of the big problems with the last one is that they did not have someone who worked there. They need a person (prefer someone who skates) to oversee the place, make sure kids are wearing safety equipment and to keep the place clean. When i was growing up we only wish we had a skate park, we would setup our own ramps on our streets and have to always worry about cars, this would be a great addition to the town.
THUMBS UP February 09, 2012 at 09:19 PM
stuart- you clearly know more about the subject than i do and i hope fair lawn can eventually start a program like you said and i will be one of the first people to volunteer. adolpho- you can tell me where to put what? you do not live in fair lawn and you do not pay fair lawn taxes therefore i could careless what you think. i pay fair lawn taxes and if my money is going towards parks for our local kids i have no problem with that. after this was announced i bet there were 100s of kids in town with smiles on thier faces and thats what is important to me- not your one sided grumpy opinion. if they need volunteers to supervise the park i would do so a couple nights a week- because unlike you i will use my free time for things i believe in- not just sit on the computer complaining on patch all day everyday. the new council (majority rep) who we fair lawn residents voted for made this decision. and out of 82 people who voted on this site on 15%- the people have spoken and they do not agree with you
THUMBS UP February 09, 2012 at 09:20 PM
*only 15% said this was not a good location
THUMBS UP February 09, 2012 at 09:44 PM
its about giving our kids a nice and safe place to enjoy, thats what its about. when families are looking to move- parks, fields, pools and activites for thier children are very important. i want my kids outside enjoying the towns facilities with thier friends, not sitting in front of the computer all day like you do.
THUMBS UP February 09, 2012 at 10:01 PM
hahaha- 100s of kids are going to be using and enjoying this, not just mine. my kids are teenagers and dont play on swing sets. you have kids adolpho or is it tough to find someone who wants to reproduce w/ such a misrable person who spends all day on the computer?
Bruce Knuckle February 09, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Thumbs up , you should change your name to makin' up stories or super presumptuous. 'Im not for it because there are far more important issues on the table that need to be addressed and funded. I never referred to anyone as punks either. Looks like you have alot of vested interest in this project. Good luck , and we can talk when its being ripped down for lack of use.
Marty Cone February 09, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Thumbs up, This isnt the first post you come across as being on the attack. How can you just insult people for disagreeing with you.The other blogger that does that is radburn b park. What qualifies you to supervise children? You must have it tough raisin teenagers as a single parent. How about you and Elitist Radburn B park get together and build a dopey skate park in high falootin Radburn....then you will hear complaints of punk kids. Its a waste of money.
Sheena February 10, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I disagree... Thumbs up and Radburn B both stated their opinions without SCREAMING in caps....then Adolfo comes in and not only starts screaming but starts cussing too. Sorry, I find that Adolfo is the clear instigator here, leaving Thumbs Up with a knee jerk reaction of trying to defend his opinion. Please tell me how you see differently and I will consider your opinion too. I do agree Thumbs up was inappropriate with the 5:01 pm Feb 9th comment.... but Adolfo did pull out the first attacks. EVERYONE who comments on this website needs to learn some manners and agree to disagree without turning to nasty name calling. Genuine debating skills are a tough set of skills that even presidential candidates are trying to hone. Screaming, name calling and insults are behaviors that most kindergartners are familiar with.
RadburnBpark February 10, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Ok here is my last comment on the skate park. While walsh pool is not the best location since its so far from any real residential part of town it is better than nothing and its better than losing the money the town would get back from the grant. If they do not end up building the park the town loses the money and ends up with a pile of scrap wood instead of a new park that could be used by the youth. The best location in my opinion would have been as part of the rec center. Since its a great location and it would have already had built in staff and facilities that the rec center offers. I know its probably to late to make that happen so I am ok with Walsh pool. As for a person to work at the skate park i think its always a good idea to have someone there who makes sure the kids are wearing the proper protection and can help if there is an accident. To help offset that you could charge for non Fair Lawn residents to use the park, If its a well built park people from other towns will come to use it.
THUMBSUP February 10, 2012 at 07:33 PM
i would not have taken such a low blow if it wasnt adolpho and i didnt like his; "If its a nice place to play tou want, go buy a swingset with YOUR own money like a responsible parent does". considering my children are 16 and 18 they dont play on a swing set. in other post hes made comments saying it was ok for teachers not to write recommendation letters for students applying for college- which shows how important kids and thier future are to him. he makes comments on every article calling people dum-ocrats and turns every article into a political arguement. when it is people like him who perpetuate the problem of partys argueing with eachother instead of working together.
Marty Cone February 10, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Radburn B , I knew you would be the one to bring up "losing the money". What happens after its built? Who pays to maintain it, insure it, staff it, handle emergencies there? How about we say no and fix the other issues in town. Sheena, Your advice shows me you are truly a master debater.
Mike DePompeo February 10, 2012 at 07:53 PM
A Bumbling Council would have abandoned the project, let the equipment rot in some field somewhere down in recycle and not tried to find an alternative since the $35k is sitting there for the taking.For some reason Walsh pool during the season attracts 0 people unless they're shipped in by bus( Comunity school etc.) I use to go down there during pool season and it was always practically empty all the time.What an ideal place for a skate park.It's far enough away from residence so the kids could actually make noise and people wouldn't bitch. Which by reading the previous comments people like to do. I'm not in favor of grants(entitlements) but if its there use it.
Tommy P February 11, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I wonder if Mr Metzler explored selling the skate park materials. If its such a popular sport, I'm sure it's 1 month of use won't have a huge impact. Let's cut our losses, highlight the council members who voted to spend the money and move on. Then we should auction off a 5 year lease of Walsh pool with the monies being used to pay down the irresponsible debt Fair Lawn has racked up. It would be a win-win for everyone.


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