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City approves request for return of Tiger Den property from KCSD

LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven City Council approved a resolution requesting the Keystone Central School District return the Tiger Den property to the city.

The city originally owned the property, formerly known as Kistler Park, until 2000 when the deed was transferred to the Keystone Central School District who utilized it for the playground at Dickey Elementary School.

With the closure of Dickey the fate of the playground, which has seen a lot of community support over the years, was unknown.

The request is the first step the city must take to regain possession of the property, City Manager Gregory Wilson said during Monday night’s city council meeting.

“The city would ask for it back under the same conditions as when it was first given to the school district,” Wilson said.

The city is following guidelines created by their solicitor Justin Houser, he said.

KCSD Board President Bo Miller was one of three members of the public to offer comment during the discussion.

“This is an asset to the community. We (the district) want this to remain a community asset for the children and all the people in that area,” Miller said.

He continued, stating the city would have the support of the district if they moved forward with the request.

Five members of council and Mayor Joel Long approved the resolution. Councilmen Douglas Byerly and Richard “Rick” Conklin were absent from Monday’s meeting held via livestream on the city’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

Further information regarding the resolution and other council business discussed during the meeting will be available in a later edition of The Express.

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