WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Raven Tresler was plainly apprehensive about talking in front of the group.
Yet, the leaders of Washington Township, Pa., were asking the 13-year-old and his peers for their help.
"People always tell you to be quiet," Washington Township Manager Mike Christopher said. "We're telling you to talk."
Raven, a Waynesboro resident, steeled himself and approached an oversized sketch of a proposed skate park, pointing out sections that should have quarter pipes.
Raven and about 25 skateboarders have been the "experts" as Washington Township revises plans for a skate park at Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area on Mentzer Gap Road. They turned out again Thursday for a review session of three sketches from the California-based ARTIFEX park designers.
The group overwhelmingly preferred one design, but also merged in elements of another. The major comment was that the preferred plan - with a loading dock, two-sided pyramid and concrete ledge - needed the quarter pipes on its edges to prevent users from accelerating and running off the skate park's footprint all together.