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City unveils final designs for its potential skatepark upgrades

PHOTO PROVIDED Portions of the proposed redesign of Lock Haven’s skatepark created by American Ramp Company.

LOCK HAVEN — After months of community-involved discussions, Lock Haven City staff has unveiled the final designs for the skatepark located at Hoberman Park.

“American Ramp Company, a design company hired to undertake this process, recently handed the final designs over to city staff,” City Planner Abbey Roberts said in a release. “ARC lead the charge on community surveys, stakeholder and community meetings, and more.”

Since a community meeting held on March 15, Roberts said ARC’s team spoke with interested individuals to hear more about what they wanted to see in the park.

The designs were presented to city staff in May and the city’s Planning Commission in June.

“The ARC team designed a skatepark that is unique to the Lock Haven’s large population of BMX riders, as well as the many skaters and scooter riders that frequent Hoberman Park,” Roberts said. “The layout and included elements are fit for a variety of riders and pay homage to the City of Lock Haven. The green and blue lines correspond to the city’s seal while the wooden ramp replicates a stack of logs representing Lock Haven’s logging history.”

ARC created two designs based on the community’s feedback — with the only addition being a five-foot bowl in the second design, Roberts said.

Cost to complete the project is estimated to be about $352,000 for basic design and $450,000 if the bowl is added, she continued.

Roberts said the city is looking into funding opportunities to keep the plan moving forward and encouraged residents to visit the city’s CivilSpace page to learn more about the Hoberman Park project and remain up-to-date on its progress. They can also view other projects underway in the city currently, she added.

“Members of City Council, Planning Commission, city staff, and the team from American Ramp Company would like to thank everyone involved in this design process,” Roberts said. “It was a pleasure to hear many meaningful ideas from the community and we are looking forward to the next steps toward a new skatepark!”

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