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Help needed to build skate park

August 27, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. -- Morgan County Parks and Recreation is looking for help in the form of money and in-kind donations to complete the Berkeley Springs Bike and Skate Park (BS2) at Harmison Field.

Bruce Beadenkopf, acting director of Morgan County Parks and Recreation, said the $25,026 raised by the BS2 committee will be used toward the purchase of concrete for the skate park.

At Thursday's Morgan County Commission meeting, Beadenkopf said he is sending a letter to suppliers asking for materials to complete the concrete pad.

Beadenkopf said Town of Bath Mayor Susan J. Webster will sign a letter supporting the request. Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said the commission will also support the Parks and Recreation letter.

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"Parks and Recreation wants to see this project done," Beadenkopf said.

Parks and Recreation member Bryan Heironimus said 500 letters will be sent requesting in-kind donations. He has already sent some letters and is getting positive feedback, he said.

Leah Seager, skate park committee member, said she and members Matt Hovermale and Kevin Wurster will lead the fundraising effort for the skate park with Jennifer Landis, who volunteered recently to help with fundraising.

Seager said the organizers will look into more grant funding.

Local resident Dave Bowers said he lives close to Harmison Field and he and other residents have questions about the park.

He wanted to know about the park's hours and if it was going to be used at night because the field has lights.

"No one was approached by anyone about asking the neighbors," he said.

Bowers said he also was concerned about the water runoff in the skate park.

Beadenkopf said Mike Crawford, engineer for the skate park project, is addressing that issue.

Hutchinson suggested residents attend a Sept. 23 Parks and Recreation meeting where members will explain how the park will be used. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Morgan County Commission meeting trailer.

Beadenkopf said the concrete pad could be done before cold weather prevents it.

If the concrete pad is not poured, the skate park could lose that property, Hutchinson said.

The Morgan County Boys & Girls Club requested the Harmison Field property if the skate park's contract expires before anything is done toward the skate park construction.

The contract expires in March, Hutchinson said.

The skate park was designed by Nate Wessel of Wesselbuilt LLC, a world-renowned skate park designer, Hovermale has said.

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