A select group of people will soon become liaisons between city officials and the Warren Skate Park.
The City of Warren Parks and Recreation Commission is forming a stewardship committee in order to maintain a working relationship between the city and skate park users. This committee will aim to provide an officially recognized voice for skaters and bikers in Warren.
“These types of committees have been successful in other communities with skate parks,” said City of Warren Police Chief Ray Zydonik.
Assistant City Manager Mary Ann Nau explained that letters of invitation to join the committee were sent out to those that have shown interest in the upkeep and maintenance of the skate park as well as making sure park rules are being followed.
“The committee will be made up of skaters, bikers, parents and we’ve also asked a youth pastor,” Nau said.
The group will help shape future policy, maintain the appearance of the facility and assess additional needs, suggest programming and propose talent to carry it out, and help plan upcoming events at the park.
One recent suggestion from some of the skaters was to extend park hours from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and the request was granted. New signage by the lighting system states that the skate park is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., in the lighted areas only. The stewardship committee will field such requests and concerns in the future.
Those interested have been invited to attend a commission meeting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7 in the first-floor conference room at the municipal building.
Times Observer photo by Kara White
Sign of the times
A recent request to extend the hours of operation at the Warren Skate Park at Beaty Field was granted and is reflected with new signage. The park was formerly open until 9 p.m. and is now available for use until 11 p.m. under lighted areas.