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More progress on bringing Skate Park to Danbury

A skate park is in the works in Danbury.  Mayor Mark Boughton says kids have been asking him for this for the last few years and the City has finally identified a place to locate it.  A committee of the City Council discussed the proposal last Monday.  They are recommending that the property be transferred back from an Authority to the City.  


Boughton says a lot of skateboarders downtown use railings, stairs and other infrastructure that's not really designed for that use.  He hopes once the park is built, they will take advantage of it.


Councilman Duane Perkins says he supports the skate park as a way to promote kids exercising.  But he says he is concerned with the location because it's close to a residential neighborhood and a modular steel construction is loud.  Boughton says the park would only be open during the day, with no lights.  He says it's already a pretty noisy place because trains come through on the tracks and blow their horns.


Boughton called it a good location because it's near public transportation.


Boughton says the parts take a significant amount of time to come in, but it could open as early as this coming spring, across from the Patriot Drive parking garage.  The park would be located near where the old Yankee Gas "gasball" was before it was dismantled in 2005.