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Sharpsburg considers skate park

| Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Chris Lisowski has dreams of a skate park in his hometown.

Lisowski of Sharpsburg, a teacher for the Shaler Area School District, said he wants to create a skate park in the borough.

He said the park could play a role in the revitalization of the community.

“Our town is sort of on the precipice of change,” Lisowski said. “We can either turn it into an awesome town or it's going to go downhill.”

With children looking for things to do, a skate park would give many a place to hang out, he said. He cited the increased popularity of skate boarding and the success of other nearby skate parks as a reason to bring one to the borough.

“These sports are no longer a fringe society but as mainstream as NASCAR and football,” Lisowski said.

While officials were supportive of the idea, they still had concerns.

Finding a location could be an issue. Lisowski said he is researching options but wanted to make sure he had support before going forward.

Lisowski said he would seek out grants to build the park to ensure that the borough would not have to fund the project.

He said he also would look into liability issues.

Councilwoman Karen Pastor said that would be a major concern if someone is injured at the park.

“A lawsuit like that, you're talking about the town not going anywhere; it's going to stop right there,” Pastor said.

A successful skate park could bring new people into the borough to both live and shop, making the project worthwhile, Lisowski said.

“If we built a good skate park, it would drive people here on multiple levels,” Lisowski said.

Procopio wished Lisow-ski well and asked him to come back to the borough when more details on the park are confirmed.

“If there's a way to do it, we're certainly interested in entertaining the thought,” Procopio said.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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