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Dearing skate park staying busy

Dearing's new skate park is open, and locals say it has been consistently busy.

"It's going over real well," said Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley. "Better than we thought, in fact."

The park was created with a $50,000 grant from SPLOST V funding.

Funding was also designated for a skate park in Thomson. McDuffie County Recreation Department director Bob Howard said he expects construction on the Thomson park to begin in the next few weeks.

"The Dearing park has been well used, and we've had no problems," Howard said. "It's benefiting kids, and we're glad to see that."

Mr. Kelley said that the popularity of the Dearing park has led to a few unexpected problems -- business owners have raised concerns about kids coming in to use restrooms. Kelley said he hopes to see bathrooms built in the future.

Mr. Howard said that he did not think it would be a good idea to put in lights at the parks.

"It's a dawn-to-dusk park right now, and I think that's best," Howard said.

The Thomson park will be on Fifth Street and will be an in-ground skate deck.

Web posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011

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