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August 25, 2013

County to support Monongah skate park

Town hall meeting on issue set for 6:30 p.m. Monday

FAIRMONT — Even as the skate park in Fairmont prepares for a facelift, a request is beng made for one in Monongah.

Warren Sloan approached the Marion County Commission Wednesday to talk about funding for such a facility in his hometown.

“There are more than 85 kids under the age of 14 in Monongah, and four police officers. The No. 1 complaint is about kids.

“I love kids. Everything I do, I do for kids,” he said.

That includes an annual toy giveaway “to anyone” and the annual Fish Day at Booths Creek for kids.

He said the park could be located at “the nicest piece of property in Monongah,” on Route 19 past the old high school.

“Monongah spends $5,000 a year to cut the grass,” he said. “But it’s not used regularly.”

A skate park is needed in Monongah, Sloan said, because kids under 14 can’t drive and parents don’t want them riding bikes to the closest one, in Fairmont.

He’s already procured about $5,000 for the project, which he estimated at from $12,000 to $15,000.

He’s holding a town meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Monongah Town Hall to discuss the project.

“The kids are unsupervised and have no place to go,” he said. “A combination skateboard and bike ramp would get them off the streets.”


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