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CB 12 mobilizing for skate park campaign

Electronic, paper petitions on the way

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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 12:36 pm, Thu Mar 6, 2014.

The Parks Committee chairman at Community Board 12 said last week the future of a proposed state-of-the-art skate park for the Laurelton Playground now is in the hands of the residents who would benefit from it.

Speaking at CB 12’s regular meeting on Feb. 19, Greg Mays said the public soon would have access to petitions, both paper and online, that will ask the city Department of Parks and Recreation to commit to the project.

“We have to convince them that we support it,” Mays said.

Laurelton Playground, located on Brookville Boulevard, sits in Community District 13. But Mays and CB 13 Parks Chairman Peter Richards received their boards’ approvals to coordinate their efforts back in October.

Mays envisions something akin to the London Planetree Skate Park, which opened to universal praise last June, straddling the border between Ozone Park and Woodhaven on Atlantic Avenue.

The Borough President’s Office and Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) were major sources of financial support.

Board members of CB 12 and 13 have said they intend to ask their own elected officials to step up as well to cover projected costs of up to $2 million.

Mays has said the Brookville Boulevard site already meets the Parks Department’s criteria for initial consideration.

It is underutilized in its current incarnation; it already has a great deal of asphalt paving in place; and there is ample evidence that community children already use the site to skate.

Local officials also do not believe that a completed skate park would have any trouble drawing skaters, bladers and boarders from both communities and elsewhere.

Mays said back in the fall that children from within CB 12’s borders who want to skate routinely will travel six to eight miles in order to use London Planetree and other sites when those are the closest facilities available.

Welcome to the discussion.