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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.

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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