Town council members voted unanimously Monday [Sept. 14] in favor of amending policy to allow signs to be placed in the recently opened skate park.
The issue of signs was first brought to the council at its Feb. 9, 2009 meeting and was referred to the recreation advisory committee, and then was back before the council this week.
Until now, banners and signs indicating sponsors were only allowed at Southeast Park and the Lions Club Memorial Park.
Now, banners will be allowed on the interior perimeter of the fence of the skate park.
The council vote took place after a public hearing Monday during which there was no public comment.
Mansfield Parks and Recreation Director Curt Vincente spoke briefly about the requested amendments. He said banners would be allowed only during the park’s season, and then removed.
The skate park is open April to November, depending on the weather, from dawn to dusk, and locked when closed.
The skate park had a “soft opening” at the end of August. An official opening ceremony will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The park is located behind the northwest corner of the Mansfield Community Center and adjacent to the E. O. Smith High School’s basketball and tennis courts.
Funds collected from signs will be used for park improvements. “In the absence of other support funding from the town for skate park equipment, [parks and recreation advisory committee] is encouraging fundraising to reach the goal of providing minimal equipment to make the park usable,” reads an April 30 memo from the committee to the town council.
The park was built with town funds and donations. A little more than $12,000 was donated to the skate park interest group for equipment.
Vincente said local businesses also donated labor to construct the facility.
Currently, the park has ramps, rails and other obstacles for skateboarders and bicyclists (i.e. BMX bicycles).
Posted Sept. 15, 2009
Related links from the HTNP.com Editor
Contributors to the park’s construction: http://www.mansfieldct.org/town/current/public_works/engineering/skateboard_park/
Public notice of the hearing: http://www.mansfieldct.org/town/current/legal_notices/notices/2009/20090914_tc_ph.php
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