Work on Pa. skatepark progresses

December 17, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

ROUZERVILLE, PA. ? Stairs, planters and a curved bench were being installed Monday in Washington Township ? but not for somebody's outdoor patio.

Instead, workers were putting down the elements Monday for a skatepark at Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area on Mentzer Gap Road and are expected to pour the final layer of concrete Friday, according to Washington Township Code Enforcement Officer Jerry Zeigler.

Workers from Spohn Ranch Inc. of California and Eisenhart Crane Co. of Hagerstown were setting the elements on footers that had been poured a week ago, according to Mark Bradford, of Spohn Ranch.

Four trucks of elements were unloaded Monday and a fifth truck will be unloaded today, Zeigler said.

Elements placed Monday included a 5-foot radius wedge; a 2-foot-by-8-inch center piece that will have ledges, a eurogap and rail; a curved bench; and a plaza with a stair set, rail and twin granite planters, Bradford said.


After placing all the elements, concrete will be poured around them, Zeigler said.

"We will have to have at least three days of above-freezing weather in order to pour concrete," Bradford said.

"Most of this stuff mimics what you have in the real world," Bradford said referring to the elements.

When it is complete, the skatepark will be a 100-foot-by-66-foot concrete pad with all the elements on it, Zeigler said.

"If we get warm weather, we will be open by spring," Zeigler said.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the $218,000-plus skatepark was Oct. 3.

Much of the funds for the park were donated by Washington Township residents Paul and Barb Dunlap.

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