Council approves phase 2 of skate park

July 10, 2018

HUNTINGTON — This Halloween will be full of tricks and treats for Huntington’s skating community, following approval from the Huntington City Council Monday night to build phase two of the Harris Riverfront Park Skate Park.

The contract, approved 10-1 by council, is expected to be complete by the end of October and consist of 2,500 square feet of new skateable surface, including a quarter pipe and a volcano, according to Scott Lemley, executive director of the city’s Department of Planning and Development.

The project will cost $147,000 and be completed by Nehemiah Construction of Barboursville.

It will be paid for using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding previously allocated and approved by council.

Councilwoman Tina Brooks, who cast the sole dissenting vote, said she believes the project is a waste of federal CDBG dollars.

“I have not been for it ever since it opened,” she said. “I don’t think it brings people to it. I think it potentially causes more problems ... I wasn’t on council when it happened, when they voted for three phases to take place and I guess that’s how it’s going to be, but I’m definitely very much against it.”

Councilwoman Joyce Clark, one of four current members who were on the council when the skate park was first promised to the community, said the skate park is part of a much bigger picture for the development of the riverfront.

“This is going to go in with the whole riverfront revitalization project,” she said.

Construction on the skate park began in 2014. The park is being built in three phases, and each phase will add about 3,000 square feet to the park.

In other business, council members approved a contract to purchase emergency equipment for five new vehicles for the Huntington Police Department.

The equipment will be purchased from Rocky Fork Enterprizes in Dunbar, West Virginia, and will cost a total of $44,348, to be paid out of the police department’s budget.

The equipment will include prisoner transport cages, emergency lights, rifle mounts, computer mounts, graphics and more, according to the contract.

Council is expected to vote on the contract to purchase the new vehicles which the equipment will be installed in at their next meeting on Monday, July 23.

Funds to improve the police department’s vehicle fleet were announced in February during the mayor’s State of the City address with corresponding allocations made to the department’s 2018-19 fiscal year budget, which runs July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.

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