Roxbury Board hears appeal for construction of skate park

By Patricia Adams
Led by Cody Allison and Jacob Liberatore, a group of Roxbury teens presented a petition to the Roxbury Town Board at its March meeting, signed by more than 80 Roxbury parents and children, imploring the town to help them create a skate park in town. The petitioners propose to work with Parks Director Peg Ellsworth to raise funds for construction if the town would allot a suitable property.‚ÄÇ
The pro skating kids agreed that a modern skate park would not look right in historic Kirkside Park. Community Resources Director Peg Ellsworth suggested an unused area near the town’s old icehouse that could use some civic improvement anyway. “I live in town and I see these kids skating right down Route 30 and on the sidewalks, which makes us older folks fear for their safety.” Allison noted that skaters would abide by skating association regulations, such as wearing helmets and safety gear and not using the park after dark. “We respect the fact that it would be a town-owned facility and that the town could pull it at any time,” he added. Liability issues would already be covered under the town’s general liability insurance.
The skaters will now work with Ellsworth to see what arrangements might be available with land near the icehouse (some of which is owned by Catskill Revialization Corp.) At the time of this writing, Ellsworth has already opened the dialogue with CRC director Dave Riordan. “It looks promising and I think we can come to an agreement,” said Ellsworth, adding “We also need to make sure this is the best spot for the project.” 
The town board scheduled two public meetings, both to be held in the Grand Gorge Civic Center: one on March 27 at 4 p.m. to hear about the DOT’s proposal for the Grand Gorge intersection of Routes 23 and 30 and a public hearing on Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m. (also at the Civic Center) to consider a public ordinance regulating construction and demolition facilities. 
The re-edited historic preservation ordinance will be sent to everyone in the proposed historic district along with an information piece, to ensure that everyone in the district understands the proposed law. Before the May town meeting (Monday, May 12), another public hearing will be held to discuss the ordinance at 7 p.m.
Anthony Liberatore, a member of the proposed preservation commission, has to resign due to increased work obligations, and Bob Cucinotta has volunteered to join the commission. Bob and his wife Sharon live in one of the oldest homes on Main Street (the former Walter Brooks house).
In the town offices, Carol Anne Faraci will be working two days a week as bookkeeper and deputy town clerk.
Right in town, Bob Ackershoek is concerned about the safety issues created when people park on upper Bridge Street. The narrow throughway is practically impassable most of the time, when folks are parked along the road or on Bob’s sidewalk. Tom Hynes promised to bring the issue of installing signage there to county officials that week.