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City staff look to public for help with skatepark improvements

CHASE BOTTORF/THE EXPRESS Lock Haven’s skatepark, located in Hoberman Park, may just get some new amenities. City Planner Abbey Roberts and city staff are looking for the public’s input as they prepare to design a new and improved skatepark.

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven is looking for input on a new and improved design for its skatepark.

The skatepark, located at Hoberman Park, was first installed in 2004 and features a mini half pipe, five different ramp elements and a rail.

City Planner Abbey Roberts said the city is collaborating with American Ramp Company to design the new park.

“After hearing the skating community express the need for improvements, we are taking the first step toward a new and improved skatepark,” Roberts said. “The people at American Ramp Company (ARC) are experts in designing a skatepark based on the community it is built in and will need your help in creating the design.”

Roberts said the planning process will be extremely community oriented, with an online survey that became available Friday.

To take the survey, visit https://americanrampcompany.com/survey/lockhaven-pa/.

“The ARC team will then visit Lock Haven and learn what kind of skatepark the community would like to see, directly from the source,” she said. “The process will end with a short survey before the final touches are put on the design and presented to the community. After that, it is up to us to make the design a reality.”

There are a few grants and funding opportunities Roberts said she will look at to cut down the cost of the potential designs.

“We will be looking into the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Community Conservation Partnership Program (C2P2) through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and others with a goal to completely fund the cost of the project,” she said.

Roberts said the city is eager to kick off its Hoberman Park improvements, with the understanding the skatepark is one of the most popular parts of the location.

“It is clear there are plenty of users of the current skatepark who would benefit from a new park to enjoy. This is a call to all those skaters, scooter-riders, bikers, roller-bladers, and any other interested individuals to keep an eye out for ways to share your ideas in the next couple months,” she said.

Anyone who has questions or would like to learn more about the process should contact Roberts at (570) 893-5903 or by email at aroberts@lockhavenpa.gov.

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