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Skatepark plans detailed

By Staff | Jan 14, 2015

The idea of a skate park in Sistersville has been in the discussion stage for 10 years or more.

A skate park in Sistersville is in large demand, stated Alex King, a member of the Park and Recreation Department. King went on to comment that the closest skate parks are in Wheeling and Parkersburg, so it is a feature that is needed for the immediate area.

It was said that kids are looking for something to do. They are aiming to give the kids something better than sidewalks on which to skateboard.

It would be a nice place for people to responsibly skateboard.

While the cost hasn’t been nailed down to an exact figure, estimates put it at a higher cost than the splash pad, which is estimated at $36,000-$40,000.

Once the splash pad is finished, avenues for getting the skate park built will be examined more closely, but for now the splash pad takes the higher priority.

King stated that there is a fund set up for it and that there has been a small amount put into it.

It was stated that it could bring people into town. People from neighboring towns might come to skate in the park and while they are in Sistersville, they might get something to eat, which in turn could bring many more things to Sistersville.

David Pancake, another park department member, went on to say, “If there is not anything to keep the kids in town, they won’t.

If we don’t get out of this rut of keeping things the way they used to be, it’s just not going to happen. It’s time to move forward.