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Skate Park plan rolls forward

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By Marganne Glasser

Los Alamos County Council’s approval Tuesday to proceed to the 60-percent design phase of the skate park met with audience applause. The project is on track for completion in August at a price tag of just under a half-million dollars.Council Chairman Jim Hall called the revised plans “outstanding design.”During public commentary, Greg Kendall said, “It will liven up an underwhelming part of our town.  I think it’s going to be fantastic.”Greg Miller and Rob Loftis of Artifex Skatepark Environments, a division of the landscape design firm Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller, Ltd., of  Albuquerque, were on hand to explain the design changes in response to community input at a meeting  March 27.“In skate parks, less is more,” Miller said, explaining that skaters need space to exit one obstacle, and recover and prepare for the next. The new design will direct the momentum of skaters exiting obstacles toward the middle of the park, minimizing the chances of runaway skateboards running into pedestrians along the perimeter. A concrete bowl with a 4-foot elevation and smooth finish has been added to ramp up the challenge level, and three elevated benches have been removed to improve access to the volcano obstacle, he said.Architectural elements were added to help contain skating within the park, Miller continued.