Skate park may open in September

SEYMOUR — If all goes as planned, construction of Seymour’s new skate park will begin in July and the park will open in September.

The Skate Park Committee has been trying to move things along with the project that has seen its share of delays.

“We’re meeting every week,” said Committee Chairman Paul Roy. “We’re shooting for a September opening.”

On Jan. 22, Selectmen approved spending $4,225 to test the soil on the property next to the Community Center, the site where the skate park may be located.

The testing will determine if there are contaminants or pollutants, Roy said. The site was impacted by the flood of 1955, and site borings determined that the top layer of soil has to be removed because it’s not stable enough to hold the weight of the park.

Skate park design and construction will be funded by a $187,000 state grant, but the town has to approve the skate park committee’s expenditures.

At the previous Board of Selectmen meeting, things grew contentious when the committee didn’t produce a timeline and budget for the project.

But this time around, both were presented.

“This gave me what I needed,” said First Selectman Kurt Miller.

According to the proposed timeline, soil testing would occur through the end of January, followed by the design and development of drawings, and securing permits.

Seymour Inland Wetlands and state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection flood management certification would be conducted through May 7, following the review and awarding of construction bids and contract award and signing in June.

Construction should take place in July and August, with an opening on Sept. 7.

Selectmen also approved paying Don Smith Jr. $2,800 for the consulting work he’s doing for the committee. Smith, an engineer, is helping the group with budgeting, cost estimates and the civil engineering side of the project.

The committee is trying to find ways to raise more money to expand the size of the skate park.

Raising $30,000 would add 1,000 square feet to the park, Roy said.

The committee is also looking for someone to replace Committee Member Rich Kearns, who serves as the school system’s director of security, and had to resign from the committee to devote more time to school security issues.

Kearns had planned to spearhead fund raising efforts, Roy said.

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  • Nichole Thompson

    I’m sure the kids will be very pleased to hear this. I think it would be great if you gave them the opportunity to contribute. Even if it is just cleaning up after a days work, picking up a hammer and nail, anything. This will be during the summer and it will make the kids feel as though they are not only contributing to the town, but they will see how much hard work goes into this sort of thing.

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