By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Carlton looking at skate park

City Manager Chad Olsen said the council particularly wants to include young people who would use the facility. To volunteer for the ad hoc committee, call Olsen, at 503-852-7575, or visit city hall.

Ken and Karen Wright donated the site, located between Highway 47 and Kutch Street, near Monroe Street. It is zoned commercial.

Using it as a skate park will remove it from the city’s inventory of commercial land, but Olsen said councilors believe the benefits will outweigh that loss.

Providing recreational opportunities for young people is one of the council’s top priorities, Olsen said. “It’s always looking for things of interest to give kids something to do,” he said.

The city has committed $25,000 as seed money for building the skate park.

Depending on what the committee decides the park should include and the materials chosen for the project, it may end up costing $50,000 to $100,000 or more. So another task of the committee will be to look at potential funding sources.

McMinnville, Newberg and many other Oregon cities have permanent skate parks. Some, like the one in McMinnville’s Joe Dancer Park, are made from concrete. Others incorporate wooden or metal ramps.

Olsen said Carlton’s skate park will include landscaping, and possibly a parking area, in addition to the skateboarding facility itself. He said the committee will work with a landscape architect and a skate park designer or builder in fleshing out a plan.

Carlton had a temporary skate park for several years in a lot next to the Carlton Together Cares’ office, across from city hall. It was frequented by many young people using skateboards or bicycles.

The facility’s plywood ramps have since been removed.

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