Denver tackles vandalism at skate and bike park

By on August 22, 2012

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Citizen Mike Grant was on a mission at Denver Borough Council’s Aug. 13 meeting.

"I think we’ve given these kids at the park enough warnings about not being in the pavilion … throwing their garbage everywhere … and damaging property (eight electrical receptacles and a conduit in the pavilion)," said the resident.

"We should close the skate park until after the Denver Fair, or until we find out who caused the property damage in the pavilion," he suggested.

"It’s a shame that due to a few kid’s poor choices, all kids have to suffer," said councilman Rodney Redcay. "I really hate to close the park because there are good kids who come out and use the skate park."

"This year has been a problem at all of our municipal parks," said Sgt. Ray Burns of the East Cocalico Police Department, who attended the meeting to give the police report. "It seems (vandalism) goes in cycles."

Borough manager Mike Hession spoke of items discussed to alleviate the situation, such as additional cameras and additional police presence at the park. Hession said several councilmen have spoken to the skate and bike park users.

"After each time," Hession said, "things improve, at least for a while."

The Denver Recreation Board planned to discuss the situation at its Aug 20 meeting.

Council tabled any action to close the skate park. It will be on the Aug. 27 council meeting agenda.

Another hurdle with the nearly two-year saga of the blighted property at 521 Poplar Street was cleared. Council approved the president or vice-president of council to execute the redevelopment contract between the borough and the Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority. The borough manager was approved to execute any other documents necessary for property settlement, slated for the end of August or early in September.

After settlement occurs, the borough can enter the next step, which is deciding the process for selling the property.

In other business:

? Council approved donating a 2013 family membership to Denver Community Pool to the Friends of Adamstown Area Library’s annual fund-raiser.

? Council authorized the Cocalico Education Foundation’s Screamin’ Eagle 5K Run/Walk in the borough on Sept. 22 at 9 a.m., contingent upon coordination of the event with the Denver Fire Police.

? Denver Fire Police received approval to assist with the following events: Denver Fair’s baby parade and fireworks display on Sept. 15 and the Cocalico Screamin’ Eagle 5K Run/Walk on Sept. 22.

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