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Concrete repairs planned for Sackets Harbor park used by skateboarders

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SACKETS HARBOR — Repairs have been scheduled for portions of the concrete at Stoodley Park, where cracks and holes spurred safety complaints from skateboarders.

The tentative schedule is for the damaged portions of the park, behind the village office, to be ground on Wednesday, and about an inch of high-strength concrete to be poured in those places Friday.

The decision to fill in the spots and the timeline for the work was discussed Thursday night by the village and town of Hounsfield Joint Recreation Commission, joined by the head of the parks committee.

The filling plan was presented by village Trustee Peter R. Daly. The commission also considered replacing entire concrete slabs at the site, or paving over the entire surface with asphalt.

Mr. Daly was not immediately sure of how much the work would cost, as he did not know how much concrete would have to be replaced. However, he estimated that the new concrete would cost about $150 per cubic yard, plus the cost of additives, and that 8 to 10 cubic yards of concrete may be needed. Also, some small equipment will have to be rented for the initial concrete grinding.

Before the discussion of the park repairs, a group of teenage skateboarders and a pair of parents, who had brought concerns to the village Board of Trustees, discussed adding skateboarding ramps and other equipment with the commission.

Sarah J. Gordon, a Dodge Avenue mother with four children who use the park, and Katie E. Wickum, 15, showed the commission a poster with several options for the size and layout of such a park, and what materials could be used to make the various items.

Ms. Gordon told the commission that several parents have volunteered to help with labor in building items at the park. Already, parents had contributed about $200 worth of supplies for the project.

Commission members voiced concerns about safety, and the possible need for signage requiring the use of safety equipment.

Jeffrey J. Kenney, also the town water superintendent, said he would support it only if helmets were required.

It also was asked whether the village’s skateboarding law would have to be revised to allow for skating behind the village office, as municipal property is off-limits under the rules. Village Trustee John W. LaDuc said the concrete skating area was a park, which did not fall under the ban.

The discussion ended with board members saying that they were open to the improvements, but that a few areas have to be more fully defined before the commission would fully support them.

Mr. LaDuc said he would work with the teens to get a more finalized proposal ready to present. With winter quickly approaching, Mr. LaDuc pointed out that the group could use the next few months to get its ideas together in order to get things moving when the weather improves next spring.

The renovation work is being supported by a matching Heritage Area grant through the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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