Sharpsburg resident hopes to bring skate park to town
Efforts to develop a skate park in Sharpsburg could get help from the Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone, or ARTEZ.
Chris Lisowski of Sharpsburg, who has been active in trying to get a skate park in the borough, asked council members if the organization could help get grants and financial help to build the park.
He said having a nonprofit working with organizers would help the project.
“It's problematic for us because we don't have one,” he said.
Lisowski said the planning commission would like the skate park to be a short-term goal for the multimunicipal comprehensive plan officials of Sharpsburg, Etna and Millvale are working on.
“We feel it would be a greater catalyst to garner community support and benefit the well-being of the children and teenagers of the borough not only by providing them with a place to safely skateboard and bicycle but also giving a sense of ownership in our community,” Lisowski said.
Council will ask borough Solicitor Mike Witherel if there would be any conflict in having ARTEZ assist with fundraising for the skate park.
Councilman Matthew Rudzki said the organization serves a similar role with Etna as it develops its riverfront park area.
Lisowski said he also wants to hold skateboarding clinics in the area. He said they would be held each month and be free. The clinics would include demonstrations and provide tips for skateboarders.
The parking lot at the Sharpsburg Library is a possible location for some of the clinics before work begins on the library-expansion project.
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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