Grant keeps city skate park project on track

Phase I of Salisbury’s skate park could open in late November or early December, to the delight of the skaters and Salisbury City Council members.

Council members on Monday unanimously approved a resolution for funding. Council President Jake Day and Councilmen Tim Spies and Jack Heath were present. Councilwomen Shanie Shields and Laura Mitchell were absent.

The city received a grant for $262,000 from the Department of Natural Resources for Phase I and will apply for $397,000 from DNR for the second phase, Debbie Stam, director of community development, said.

“Eight long years in the making. I could not be more excited,” a beaming Stam told City Council members, referring to the time it’s taken to build a skate park on South Park Drive, after several delays.

Phase I will be 5,500 square feet. The plan is for the second phase, depending on funding, to be an additional 6,000 to 7,000 square feet. The city budgeted $216,000 for the park and is accepting in-kind contributions

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