Skate park shelter gets nod

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – A Boy Scout Eagle project to enhance the 7th Element Skate Park in City Park cleared its final hurdle Tuesday.

The City Council gave its blessing to Scout Adam Hollister’s plans to construct wooden shelter at the skateboard park located in the northeast corner of City Park.

It follows approval from the Park Committee and Plan Commission for the project.

Hollister, in gaining Plan Commission approval for the project last week, explained that he has been skateboarding at the park 14 years.

“I wanted to build the shelter because when it’s really hot in the summer, there’s no place to go for shade,” at 7th Element, Hollister told the commission.

He also noted that the skate park itself has not been upgraded since its original construction more than two decades ago.

“I thought this might be the start of any future upgrade or expansion of the (skate) park,” Hollister explained.

Director of Public Works Cathy Austin explained that the money to buy the materials to build the open-sided, 8-foot by 10-foot shelter, which will have a blue metal roof, are being donated by the Optimist Club.

The council agreed with a suggestion from Building Inspector Pete Scheuermann to waive the fee for the building permit for Hollister’s project.

Austin updated the council on progress on another park project, the Stayer Park upgrade south of Mill Street and east of Stafford Street.

The revamped parking lot is fully paved and is simply awaiting the installation of final signage, Austin said.

The new playground is open and usable, and already getting plenty of use, she noted.

The pavilion/shelter building that serves as the centerpiece of the park area is up, Austin said, and needs only a railing to be completed. Sidewalks around the pavilion will be installed in the spring.

The rest of the riverfront park area has been re-seeded and should be green again in spring, according to Austin. “The city Department of Public Works did a good job of restoration,” she said.

The new public restroom on Mill Street opposite Division Street is open, but with some glitches still to be worked out, Austin continued.

The automatic timed lock system on the outside doors is still not functioning properly, she said, so public works employees are manually opening the restrooms in the morning and locking them at night.

The door on the family restroom is still not working properly yet, so only the men’s and women’s bathrooms are usable now. Austin said that problem should be addressed as well soon.

The council authorized spending $5,170 from the contingency fund to address problems with the heating system at City Hall.

“We do have some heating issues here at City Hall,” Austin told the council.

After inspecting the system, mechanical contractor JF Ahern recommended recalibrating the thermostats in the building. Also, Austin said, a coil in the heater in front of the Main Street doors had split and must be replaced with a special part that Ahern had to order.

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