Skate Spot Kickoff Design Meeting Held

"Build something good and people will come."

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Last night, the Carlisle Parks and Recreation Board held a design kickoff meeting for the new skate spot along Fairground Avenue. First up was a visit to the physical space where the park will be constructed. Following the site visit, local skaters had a chance to share what they would like to see in this new skate spot.


The Borough has conskate 2tracted with Frederick, Siebert & Associates (FSA) to design and prepare construction drawings for the skate spot. Chris Chiampi of FSA and Matt Arment of Arment Concrete were on hand last night listening to input from the community on potential design features and layouts. Most in attendance agreed that a good design is ultimately more important than trying to please every person. The goal is to create a fun and welcoming space for skaters of all ages and abilities.
 
FSA and Arment Concrete will take this feedback and utilize it while crafting design drawings, which will be unveiled at the November Parks and Recreation Board meeting.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

As part of the redevelopment of the former Masland factory site, the owner of the property, Carlisle Auto Industries, has conveyed Lot A and Lot D to Carlisle Borough for the purpose of public recreation. The Borough has also received funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to develop these lots into park space. Lot D will be a more traditional park, while Lot A will be developed into a skate spot.

Initial public outreach on the skate spot began in late July through Engage Carlisle, the Borough’s citizen engagement platform. Over 130 people responded to a survey about what features they wanted to see incorporated into the skate spot. Several local skateboarders also attended Carlisle Parks and Recreation Board Meeting and Carlisle Borough Council Meetings to share their thoughts on the project. Members of the Parks and Recreation Board also canvassed the Fairground Avenue neighborhood, receiving input from those living adjacent to the proposed site.



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