Skateboard park approved for Dormont

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Skateboarders in the South Hills may soon have a new place to skate.

By a 4-3 vote, Dormont council Monday approved plans by former resident Mary Pitcher, who wants to build a skate park in the borough to honor her two late sons.

The meeting was at time contentious with council's three men all vehemently opposed.

"Dormont does not want this skate park," said council member Drew Lehman.

But the four female members -- Kim Lusardi, Laurie Malka, Joan Hodson and Heather Schmidt -- all voted in favor of putting the park along Banksville Road where the tennis courts currently sit.

Council voted against the park in October but Ms. Hodson and Ms. Schmidt joined the board this year after winning seats in the November election.

There is no timetable for construction of the park, but council said Mrs. Pitcher has five years to have funding and plans in place.

Mrs. Pitcher's sons Vincent and Stephen drowned in an accident in the Kinzua Reservoir in 2008 while on a camping trip with their father and friends.

Ken McCarthy is a freelance writer


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