Skate park dominates agenda

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By Katy Korkos

There was consensus among those at Tuesday's meeting that plans for a skateboard park should go forward, and Councilor Nona Bowman said that her e-mails were 45-to-1 in favor of building the park.

The controversy on the issue has to do with the location in front of Mesa Public Library: whether putting the skate park in that location might change the character of the area, whether another location on the south east side of Ashley Pond might serve the needs of skaters just as well as the location near the library, whether the trees might be harmed by having their roots surrounded by concrete and whether noise might adversely affect library users and nearby residents.

Already earmarked for the park is $500,000, and council approved the location in front of the library at the June 26 meeting. Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre and Police Chief Wayne Torpy outlined the progress since June.

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