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Future of La Grange skate park still unclear

The future of the skate park property in La Grange is up in the air. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The future of the skate park property in La Grange is up in the air. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Elizabeth Kirkwood (Source: WAVE 3 News) Elizabeth Kirkwood (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Mayor Joe Davenport (Source: WAVE 3 News) Mayor Joe Davenport (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Joseph Zetko (Source: WAVE 3 News) Joseph Zetko (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The future of the skate park property in La Grange is up in the air.
 
In the spring, the council decided to sell the skate park property on Second and Main Streets to developer Billy Doelker for $1.

The sale caused concern for some La Grange citizens, skaters, teens and their parents. Some said the sale didn’t make sense when the park is frequently used by teens after school and during the summer. Others said, there was concern over the price of the property which is considered an asset in a desirable spot across from the La Grange Police Station.

“We have all kinds of big businesses moving in, we have all kinds of development so to give something away for a dollar made absolutely no sense,” Elizabeth Kirkwood said.

Kirkwood formed the group Save our Skate Park to get to the bottom of the sale and find out future of the park for the teens. At Monday’s Board meeting, the SOS group planned to speak in the public comments about the sale. But at the meeting Mayor Joe Davenport made an announcement.
 
“There's been a lot of pressure, so with that being said, me and Mr. Billy Doelker had a mutual agreement that we would not sign a memorandum of understanding that is called the skate park property,” Davenport said.

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Davenport said the deal was part of an agreement with Doelker to develop the skate park property in order to help bring economic growth to the City of La Grange.
 
“The deal was, just like a lot of the other government agents do, we let him have it for a dollar because he's got a great plan for that area,” Davenport said.
 
Now it appears the deal is on hold, after Davenport’s announcement.
 
“As far as I’m concerned that does not mean there won’t be a sale,” Kirkwood said.
 
She said the Save Our Skate Park group will continue to see the project through to make sure a skate park exists for skaters and that the property is sold at a reasonable price.
 
As for the skaters at the park, they’re counting down their last moments on the ramps.
 
“This our life really,” Joseph Zetko said. “We do this all time. Where am I going to skate? Probably the streets, stairs and stuff. We have nowhere to skate.”

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