Westminster OKs plan to create skateboard park

August 26, 1998|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

The Westminster Common Council has unanimously approved plans to convert a parking pad into Carroll County's first skateboard park.

Monday's decision allows recreation officials to move forward with plans to transform a parking pad that is used to house a city fire engine into an area where youths can bounce off half-pipes, quarter-pipes, railings, ramps and other obstacles mimicking an urban landscape.

The site, adjacent to the East Middle School parking lot near downtown, was the second location to be considered. Westminster officials had planned to convert two tennis courts at the city playground into a skateboard park, but switched to the new site after neighbors opposed the plan.

Carroll County's Recreation and Parks Department has given Westminster a $31,000 grant to purchase equipment. The city will have to spend about $5,000 to expand the parking pad and build a fence around the site.

City officials said yesterday that they expect the facility to open in the spring.

Pub Date: 8/26/98

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