Carlisle seeks comments on proposed skate park and recreation area along Fairground Avenue | Carlisle


Tammie Gitt the sentry

A skate spot and recreation area will arrive on Fairground Avenue by June 2022.

For now, however, Carlisle Borough officials are asking the public what they want to see at the facilities.

Carlisle Auto Industries deeded two lots on the former Masland/IAC site along Fairground Avenue to the borough to develop for public recreation.

Residents can give feedback on the lot plans by visiting Engage Carlisle at Andrea Crouse, director of parks and recreation for the borough, said there would be other ways to provide feedback, and that the parks and recreation board will contact the community near the proposed parks for their thoughts. .

“We also got a lot of public feedback on Facebook,” Crouse said. “There were a lot of comments.

The comment period will continue until September 15. After that, the borough will consolidate residents’ feedback into the designs that will be presented to the public.

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The borough plans to begin construction of the parks in March 2022. The parks must be completed by June 30, 2022, due to requirements associated with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant the borough received to the parks.

Borough Director Susan Armstrong said the DCNR has already extended the three-year grant twice, and this is the third and final extension it can grant.

“That puts us on a pretty quick schedule for batches A and D,” Crouse said.

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The skate spot is proposed for a 55ft by 85ft site near the Norfolk Southern railway tracks at the south end of the lot. Skate spots are typically between 1,500 and 3,500 square feet and are the smallest type of skateboard facility.

A more traditional park is proposed for a 100 foot by 100 foot area between B and C streets. Ideas proposed in the concept plan for the park include play equipment, a walking path, basketball courts, amenities fitness equipment for adults and playground equipment for youth.

Crouse said it is expected that the two lots will eventually be connected to Lots B and C which lie between the two ends.

Frederick, Seibert and Associates was hired to do the initial designs necessary for the borough to secure grant extensions.

At its shop meeting on Wednesday, the borough council voted to table a motion that would have awarded a $39,000 contract to FSA to oversee the design, construction drawings and tender for the project. , as the board wanted more information on the outsourcing process that FSA plans to use for the skate spot part of the plans.

The board is expected to take up the contract at its 7 p.m. meeting on Thursday.

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