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Righteous, dude! Skate park plans a go in township

August 30, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Three years and three days after it was first requested, final plans for a skate park in Washington Township, Pa., were in the hands of the municipality's elected officials.

An anonymous couple pledged $25,000 for the skate park in the summer of 2004 and has since upped that pledge.

Washington Township crews will be handling excavation and grading for the skate park at Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area off Mentzer Gap Road. Grants also could fund part of the $173,500 project.

An outline of the skate park has been painted at Pine Hill, and township administrators want to send the project out to bid soon.

"The donor has approved it as of yesterday," Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

Skateboarders provided fine tuning of the design Aug. 16. Area youth met several times in the process to register comments on what should be included in the design.

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They ended up with features like stairs, ledges and rails in a bowl-shaped area.

Now, the township will push contracted design firm ARTIFEX of California to provide final specifications.

"We're proceeding with everything as quickly as we can on California time," Christopher said at the township supervisors' Wednesday meeting.

Crews will be working with existing grading, making the slope of an existing hill into a quarter pipe. Another section will have dirt piled to create a 4-foot bank.

Christopher said the township might be able to save money by doing the excavation itself.

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