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Skate park fight officially over

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By Jennifer Garcia

 For children and teens in the community, the grand opening of the skate park can’t come soon enough.

This is a project that has been long coming for the youth of Los Alamos. It’s also a project that has met resistance from community members concerned about the location in front of Mesa Public Library and the problems that might arise from such a pairing.

Two of those concerned citizens are Los Alamos residents Jack and Colleen Hanlon. In August, the Hanlons filed an appeal in an attempt to stop the skate park from being built in front of the library.

On Monday, their fight officially came to an end, as the case was dismissed in District Court.

After many meetings, a signed petition and an outcry from concerned citizens for the County Council to put the location issue to referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot, the council decided in August to push forward with plans for the skate park at the Mesa Public Library.

During that meeting held in White Rock, citizens representing both sides of the issue, as well as youth from the community presented their arguments for, and against, the location of the skate park. After hearing everyone who wanted to voice their opinions, council voted to proceed with the skate park plans instead of putting the issue to referendum.