The city of Lebanon has taken possession of the Lebanon Skate Park.

The city council unanimously agreed to take ownership of the property at its meeting on Oct. 11. 

"The (Skate Park) committee has done an outstanding job of raising funds and generating a volunteer network to complete the construction done to date," said Ron Whitlatch, Engineering Services Director in a memo to city council. "It has always been the intent that when the park was up and running that the City of Lebanon would take over ownership."

The park has gotten lots of use since both phases of construction were completed. 

The Lebanon Skate Park Committee constructed the first two phases of the Lebanon Skate Park through fundraising efforts. The park is located next to the Lebanon Police Department on Harrison Street. 

Whitlatch said his crew was at the park taking pictures of people skating in the park the other day. 

"I asked the guy if I could try it, and he told me I'd kill myself," Whitlatch said. 

Whitlatch was asked if taking possesion would increase the city's insurance premiums. 

He responded that the park already falls under the city's insurance policies. 

By the city taking ownership of the park, it allows the city to apply for state grants that a private nonprofit is not eligible for, added Gary Marks, Lebanon's city manager. 

Those grants could be used to fund construction of a restroom, lighting, irrigation/landscaping, and a paved parking lot, he said. 

The only expenses for taking on the park are monthly power fees and maintenance, which will be performed by city of Lebanon staff, and the city will not have to take on any debt by acquiring the property, Whitlatch said. 

The city will have to pick up garbage at the park as well, he said. The city will be able to fund these services without having to increase materials services in next year's budget. 

Lebanon Skate Park Committee Dan Schneider sat in the audience and was asked if he would like to say anything about the transfer of the property. 

"I'm just here to take in the moment," Schneider remarked. 

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