Findlay skate park causing concern

Eagle Creek Skate Park, which Findlay officials say is in disrepair, is prompting concern that could lead to its relocation or demise.
Councilman-At-Large Grant Russel, at Tuesday’s council meeting, asked administrators about the park’s safety and whether it is a liability problem.
The park, located between the CSX tracks and Park Street, was built 14 years ago for in-line skaters and skateboarders. At the time, it was hailed as a community success story.
But the story has changed, some council members said Tuesday.
“It’s starting to look like it’s getting pretty run-down. My kid doesn’t go there for a variety of reasons, one of which is upkeep,” Russel said.
“The conditions are very poor, it’s dangerous to use, and there’s a lot of vandalism,” said Bob Nichols, 7th Ward councilman, who serves on the city’s Parks and Recreation Board.
At the Recreation Board’s June 16 meeting, public works Director Matt Stoffel mentioned the possibility of moving the skate park to Riverside Park and having city crews build it using only concrete. Such a project would have to be added to Findlay’s capital improvements funding list.

Courier reporter Joy Brown will have more on Wednesday.

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