Residents enjoy new Denver Skate and Bike Park

By on May 23, 2012

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Trying out Denver's new Skate and Bike Park are some of the approximately 40 students who entered the new facility right after the ribbon was cut at the dedication on May 17. (Photo by Alice Hummer)

Denver Borough Council learned on May 14 that over $22,000 worth of repairs to the flood damaged Denver Skate Park are finished and decided to open the park on May 17 following a brief ceremony.

Denver Borough Manager Mike Hession noted that with the "string of 70 degree days we’ve experienced, it would be good to open as soon as possible."

Types of equipment allowed in the new park include skateboards, BMX-style bicycles and scooters. The name changed to Denver Skate and Bike Park.

"This is a big deal for the Cocalico area," councilman Rodney Redcay said.

Skateboarders from all municipalities in the Cocalico School District, not just Denver Borough, use the skate park. After the September flooding of the park, a Schoeneck area Cocalico High School student, representing about 30 skateboarders, asked council if and when repairs to the skate park would occur.

At that time, Hession explained FEMA representatives needed to inspect the park site before approving funding any repairs. FEMA is covering almost all of the repair costs with a check for $21,800.

Service life of the new equipment and surface replacement is a minimum of 10 years.

Citizens are happy that skateboarders can return to the park and not use the steps of public building for their feats of physical prowess.

"I was riding here forever before," said 18-year-old Nick Strickler," a restaurant cook from Reinholds, at opening night. "I’ve been waiting since it closed."

"I started coming here when it was first built," said Cocalico High School junior Kenneth Kaufman, a Denver resident. "I was seven or eight years old."

The crowd on Thursday was primarily male. When asked why girls don’t participate, student Zach Bottenfield said, "It’s not a girls’ sport; they don’t like to get hurt.

Watching the students’ positive behavior during the dedication and then how they used the new facility, Barbara Fink noticed the care that students took to safely use the new park.

"It’s amazing how the students take turns," she said. "First the skaters use the ramps and the bikers wait awhile. Then the bikers get their turn."

Lous Casanova, recreation board chariman, said he’s very glad the youth have this place to play and be safe.

"I hated to see the flooding; however, in the end, we have major improvement," he said.

In other council business at the May 14 meeting:

? Approval was made to obtain a dumpster for corrugated cardboard from Good’s Disposal at no cost to the borough. Placement of the dumpster is to be determined.

? Emergency management coordinator Andy Boyer attended quarterly training on the Lancaster County Hazmat Team.

"This Hazmat Team is all volunteer. There are only three in the state that are still all volunteer," said Boyer.

? Police Chief George Beever reported on recent incidents in the borough, including the theft of an antique Army war helmet valued at $3,900, damage to the laundry room at Denver Valley Estates, and a South Fourth Street resident shooting from an upper story window at street signs with a BB gun that looked like an assault rifle. Police also recovered several bicycles that were reported stolen.

? Council agreed to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the Denver Community Pool at a reduced cost of $1,000 through the Lancaster Heart and Stroke Association. An AED wall sleeve at $45 was added.

"This is a great cost," said council president Walter Fink. "Normally they’re over $2,000."

? Council passed a Denver Community Pool private group rental policy for rental of the community pool outside of the regular public hours during the season.

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