Nyack Trustees Support Skate Park

The Nyack Board of Trustees voted to approve the concept of construction of a skate park in Memorial Park at Thursday's meeting.

A small group of residents applauded as the Nyack Board of Trustees voted, 4-0, in favor of a resolution 

Mayor Jen White and Trustees Doug Foster, Don Hammond and Louise Parker voted for the measure. Marie Lorenzini was absent.

"Congratulations. We're very excited," White said to members of the group supporting the construction of a skate park who were present for the meeting. 

The proposed skate park would be built in Memorial Park. The trustees have already approved a master plan for rehabilitation of the park. Those plans were also part of the discussion at Thursday's meeting.

The village requested input online from residents and community support for the idea was cited as one reason for the resolution. A slide presentation regarding the need for the skate park can be found here

There are conditions for the board's support, including approval by Nyack land use boards, compliance with local, state and federal regulations and the funds to build it being raised by supporters of the skate park.

The resolution calls for a planning committee including supporters of the project and representatives of the board of trustees, which White said could be set up Friday. 

Debbra Stolarik March 29, 2013 at 01:18 PM
I think it is a great idea because we obviously have lots of young people interested in skateboarding and it is dangerous to have them on Main Street and Fifth Avenue - I understand the temptation of the hills, but I am afraid someone is going to get hurt or worse. Hope this project moves forward.
willie 6 March 29, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Let's Fix the potholes first before spending $ on a skateboard park. Broadway from Cedar Hill to Tallman Ave. is riddled with POTHOLES ! the potholes have nothing to do with gas main work .what are they waiting for.
Sarah Anderson March 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM
We are raising the money for the skate plaza ourselves.
willie 6 March 30, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Police, DPW, Liability ?
Lizz M. March 30, 2013 at 10:10 PM
People can find a problem with anything can't they? First of all, this skate park will being business to the area, which is a good thing. Second, there are always a bazillion other things to put money into, but this is a thing that local people have come out to lobby support for and have raised money themselves. It's one thing to be realistic, but it's another to just be a total downer.
willie 6 March 30, 2013 at 10:20 PM
residents are being bankrupted by these things. i am not against the idea ,but WE always end up paying for all the things associated with these ventures.
J. Tax March 31, 2013 at 04:30 PM
you must be in with o&r by the way you defend them Do not forget they caused us to pay high taxes due to their mickey mouse gas plant they sold
Sarah Anderson April 01, 2013 at 11:36 AM
PLease see our presentation... https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.494596413934455.1073741825.100001523034251&type=1&l=5b1a6c16af
Emily April 01, 2013 at 11:42 AM
thank you so much for this decision. It reminds me my husband and I made the right decision ten years ago to leave Manhattan and move to Nyack. We wanted a community that thought creatively and cared about kids and children. We did NOT want a community where the only thing kids could do was hang out at the local mall on a Saturday. You have gone a long way towards creating spaces for kids that are interesting and responsive. Thank you!
Charlie Samuels, ASMP April 01, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Police? Skateparks lessen the need for them because they keep kids out of trouble and into something positive. DPW? Cement skateparks have one of the lowest yearly maintenence fees of almost every outdoor exercise facilty. Liability? It's moot. The NY State recreational use statute virtually absolves municipalities from lawsuits.
Alan D. April 01, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Residents are hardly being bankrupted Willie. Give me a break. You can have a skateboard park AND fix the potholes and you will still have dinner on your table, asshole.
Charlie Samuels, ASMP April 01, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Why the negative attitude? The idea of a skatepark in Memorial Park has been talked about since the late 1970's and it's finally here! It's actually a win win win win situation: No public funds will be raised for the construction, cement parks cost next to nothing to maintain, skateparks keep kids exercising outside and away from video games and skateboard tourism brings in revenue to Nyack's businesses -- yes -- skaters take "tours" of skateparks as they travel. And skateboarding is, as a participatory sport, more popular than Baseball.
Laureen Motto Gallo April 01, 2013 at 02:34 PM
If you have read the TONS of information that has been written, or attended the presentation, you would have known that this great group is planning on fundraising and paying all costs. I for one thinks this is a great idea - too often I have seen these kids on skateboards riding down Old Mtn. Rd right into traffic - an accident just waiting to happen. What a great way to get children OUTSIDE, and in a safe environment!
Peter Whitley April 01, 2013 at 03:17 PM
This is great news! The new Nyack skatepark will be very popular with the local youth. Before we criticize the skatepark's value, consider this: • The average age for skateboarders is 15 years old. What other attractions in the community draw on this age group in such a positive and low-cost way? • The return on investment will be a decade or more of (virtually) maintenance-free recreation generations of Nyack youth. What other recreational facility can compare? • The skatepark is where a supportive, positive community can coalesce. For some at-risk youth, the skatepark becomes a critical positive intervention in their challenging young-adult years. What other facilities and programs in Nyack can operate in this realm? • The skatepark is promoted and paid for by the skateboarders themselves. This demonstrates the pinnacle of initiative, commitment, and personal responsibility. These are the same youth that are currently reduced to finding places to skate in remote alleys, loading docks, and parking garages. What other recreational facilities can show the same positive effects on your local community even before it's built? • Your new skatepark is going to show generations of Nyack youth that physical activity can be fun, cool, and rewarding... without coaches or competition. What other programs are appealing to youth in the same way? We applaud Nyack's skatepark advocates and supporters! Peter Whitley Programs Director Tony Hawk Foundation
willie 6 April 01, 2013 at 04:05 PM
i will send you all MY TAX BILLS .
willie 6 April 02, 2013 at 11:28 PM
I have a TABLE for 200 and NO FOOD . I WILL SEND you the BILL !!! HA, HA, HA.
NyackPride April 16, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Let me ask, is this 'skate park' going where the children's playground used to be?


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