Over the past year, three new skate parks have been built or are under construction in Somers, Chappaqua/Pleasantville and New Rochelle. Additionally, the Westchester County Board of Legislators is now considering another park—open to all Westchester County residents—in Rye.
Meanwhile, local skaters in Croton-on-Hudson are not the ones “stalling” on the rails of the village’s three-year-old skate park, its the one-time park bench underwriting Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt (see “SK8 Croton No More”) who is. Despite calls last year by Democratic Trustees Charlie Kane and Leo Wiegman for the skate park to be re-opened in 2006 at no-charge for village residents—in an effort to boost usage—it sits ominously vacant in tribute to a waste of nearly $150,000 in taxpayer expenditures.
The last time residents heard from the Mayor on the subject of the village skate park—known as SK8 Croton—was on December 28, 2005 in a news story where Dr. Schmidt said “discussions were under way with the recreation department in Cortlandt to transfer the equipment to a site near the Cortlandt train station (view photo gallery and satellite map), making it a relatively convenient drive from Croton.”
More than four months of apparent inaction has gone by, so Crotonblog is forced to ask the Mayor of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, whose administration made to the decision to close or move the skate park, “What’s up, Doc?”