Citing concerns over costs and too many unknown variables, the Forks Township Board of Supervisors are opting not to participate in the construction of a proposed Easton regional skate park.
The Forks Township Supervisors on Thursday night voted not to join an effort Easton officials had hoped would have involved the city, Wilson Borough, and Forks and Palmer townships.
The skate park, which would be located in Hackett Park in Easton, had an estimated preliminary price tag of $150,000 to $250,000, said Forks Township Manager John Cornell. The yet-to-be designed park would have required a contribution of anywhere from $14,500 to $52,000 from Forks Township, Cornell said.
With uncertainty over the regional skate park’s total costs and whether the City of Easton could land multiple grants to help fund the project, Forks Township officials said they could not support being a partner at this time.
“I think it’s an admirable proposal, but there are too many unknowns,” said Supervisor Dan Martyak.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss said, “It’s important for us to continue working with neighboring municipalities, but this plan is not defined enough.”
Forks Supervisors instead said they would like to proceed with an existing plan to create a smaller skate park within the township, which is estimated to cost $75,000, according to Cornell.
In other business at Thursday night’s meeting, Police Chief Greg Dorney reported that police apprehended a man accused of committing numerous car burglaries during the past two weeks.
Dorney said a special detail was set up by police overnight, resulting in the suspect being caught in the act in southern portion of the township.
Dorney said 90 percent of the stolen property was recovered by police, and the suspect, an out-of-town resident, made a full confession.
Dorney said when police asked the suspect why he committed the acts in Forks Township, he responded that “it’s easy here because nobody locks their cars.”
Dorney urged residents to lock their vehicles.