Skate Park Funds Denied; City Secures Land

by Audry Kensicki on September 28, 2009 at 8:40 am

Skateboarders around Zanesville will have to wait for improvements to the Interskate Skateboard Park.

Mayor Howard Zwelling announced tonight at city council the $34,000 in grant money was not awarded to Zanesville for improvements for the skate park. Zwelling asked council to foot the entire $68,000 project, but the request was voted against, leaving Mayor Zwelling disappointed.

"It’s for the kids and they need another place to play," said Mayor Zwelling. "There are people that skateboard, that don’t play football or basketball, they don’t play baseball, but they skateboard and they’re good at it. They have a good time and they need a place to play."

In another ordinance, council waived further readings in support of the purchase of a parcel of land with Ohio grant money. Nearly seven acres will be purchased with Clean Ohio Conservation funds, which were secured through the Zanesville Green Commission.

"It will be forever preserved as a park," said City Council Member at Large Dan Vincent. "I expect some day in the future it will be some sort of bike trail or connector, but it’s some beautiful land along the river."

The land was originally listed for around $400,000, but Mayor Zwelling was able to get the price down to 1$95,000.

The land was purchased from CSXT Transportation, a railroad company.