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Keystone Council votes to move planned park

Keystone’s first skateboard park, built a decade ago, remained closed because the city could not obtain insurance for the facility.

Keystone’s first skateboard park, built a decade ago, remained closed because the city could not obtain insurance for the facility.


BY DAN HILDEBRAN

Monitor Editor

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS —  The city council, during its January meeting, voted to move its proposed skateboard park from a location across Lawrence Boulevard from city hall, to the same site of an earlier skateboard park that was never utilized.

With the vote, the council forfeited a $50,000 grant from the State of Florida it won for the construction of the facility. The grant can only be used if the park is built at the Lawrence Boulevard site, within Nature Park.

Mayor Tony Brown said the council erred when it designated Nature Park as the site for the skate facility.

Brown added that while viewing wedding ceremonies, high school prom photo shoots and other activities at Nature Park’s gazebo, he concluded a skateboard park would be incompatible with those activities.

The new site for the proposed park, on Nightingale Street, behind the Keystone Village Square shopping center, is the site of another skateboard park built by the city around 10 years ago.  Because the city was unable to obtain insurance for the facility, it remained closed.

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