BANGOR — A proposed skate park got a deep review Monday night from city councilors..
“It does not look like a good place for a skate park,” Councilor Gretchen Schaefer said.
During a Sept. 6 planning board meeting, Bangor Parks and Recreation Director Tracey Willette got approval for a land development permit for a proposed 2,455-square-foot skate park facility behind the right field area of Mansfield Stadium.
However, when members of the city’s government operations committee looked over the plans Monday, they were not satisfied.
One councilor said the sketch needs a lot of work and revision before it is adequate
“When I look at that skate park drawing, it looks like if you said ‘put in a basketball court, we’re going to backboards side to side and there’s going to be no hoops and we’re going to call it a basketball court.’ I’m not seeing a lot of input from people who will actually use the facility,” Schaefer said.
She added that they’ll have to work with groups like the Black Bear Skate Park Association to have the best possible outcome for a skate park.
Others criticized the location of the park, with parks and rec proposing it be adjacent to the woods.
Councilors said that would place it too far out of the way and make it seem hidden from the public.
“We don’t need to be afraid of skaters, we don’t need to be worried about how they’re going to act. I think these are mostly good kids and grown ups, too,and if there’s any perceptions out there that there’s going to be any nefarious actions taken or bad behavior, I just don’t think that’s true when it comes to the skating community,” Councilor Ben Sprague said.
Willette did not say when they will be breaking ground but that he will be modifying the proposal.