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Skate Park opens with new policy, fee for season

by Susan Bromley

March 28, 2012

Ortonville- The Village Skate Park opens this Tuesday, but anyone planning to use the park must visit the village office first.

The village council approved a new skate park policy at their March 26 meeting. The new policy requires all skaters to have a signed liability waiver on file at the village office, 476 Mill St. A park usage fee has also been implemented. Individuals can pay for a $2 day pass (only obtainable at the village office) or a $20 fee to be permitted year-long access to the park. Additional family members are $10 each, to not exceed a cost of $40 per family.

Once the fees are paid at the village office, skate park users can show a picture ID (school ID, driver's license or state ID card) to Skate Park Monitor Helen Edgerton, who will be present during the hours the park is open. If the monitor is not present, the park is closed.

Park users must also wear helmets when skateboarding, biking, or using a scooter.

The new fees help the village fund the skate park monitor's salary. Village officials decided several years ago to employ a monitor every season to reduce issues at the park that included vandalism, profanity, drug use, noise and littering. The park is located at Cedar and Ball streets, in close proximity to several homes. Relocation of the park has been discussed previously, with no suitable alternative found.

Hours for the Skate Park from April 3 to June 14 and Sept. 5 to Oct. 31 are 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. From June 15-Sept. 4 the park will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, call 248-627-4976.