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Salisbury City Council Reconsidering Skatepark

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SALISBURY, Md.- For years, the skating community has been trying to get a skatepark built in Salisbury. Now a skatepark may be one step closer to becoming reality.

"It shows Salisbury wants to put some investment in our youth and I think that's a great chance to serve our young people," Scott Roberts of Salisbury said.

The city received a $250,000 state grant for the first phase of the project on South Park Drive, but the Salisbury City Council down the money in November, after hearing concerns from neighbors.

"A lot of people do like to run through here or walk through here and things like that, so I don't know if that's going to be a distraction for a lot of people getting exercise," said Pat Johnson, who lives nearby.

But now the council is considering a different spot for the skatepark, next to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Glen Avenue.

"Perhaps over at the civic center would be better," Matt Penrose said. "They've got the room for it, they've got the large parking area."

If the council changes the location for the park, it will have to reapply for the state funding it originally received.

Either way, Roberts said the city needs to do something for young people.

"To have a place designated for them, I know Easton has one and I always see teenagers and young people there so I think it's a great opportunity for Salisbury," Roberts said.

It is an opportunity others say could make the city safer for everyone.

"I think the more they add to keep the youth out of trouble, the better it will be," Penrose said.

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