Fire damage forces city to close skate park PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 September 2013 12:24

By GISEELLE ARREDONDO

• Leader & Times

 

Mary Frame’s skate park was closed for more than a month.

The young people who don’t know of the park’s closure, arrived only to find they have to go back home and find something else to do instead.

All there is to show for it is a  weathered and faded pink paper glued to the park’s chain-link fence, which gives no explanation as to why the park was closed.

“We closed down the skate park because they started a fire under one of the skate areas a couple of weeks ago,” Liberal Parks Director Bill Houk said. “We’ve been so busy – I just really haven’t had time for us to go down there and inspect it and make sure there aren’t any structural problems. We had to have the fire department on that.”

The pink sheet stated that the park is closed due to an “ordinance.”

“Well, I was out of town when it happened. I told them to put a sign on there that said – they weren’t supposed to put ‘ordinance.’ They were supposed to put ‘skate park closed ’til futher notice,’ ’til we get it inspected,” Houk said.

“We just closed it since they had the fire down there, and we just haven’t had time to inspect it. Basically, I don’t think there are any structural issues because of the fire, but until we really look at it, we just haven’t let people on it yet.

“But the only reason it’s shut down right now is that they did start a fire under one of the skate areas, and we gotta make sure that it’s safe for everyone to skate on.”

Houk visited the skatepark Thursday afternoon and noted there is not much damage caused by the fire.

“I think most of it is blistered paint. There will be one more inspection, but I think we’ll probably open it by this weekend,” he said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: City staff reopened the Mary Frame skate park Thursday afternoon.

 

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