The proposed site for the new Cape May County Skate Park in Ocean City is adjacent to the Ocean City Fire Department between Fifth and Sixth streets, West and Asbury avenues. City Council will vote Thursday on spending $750,000 and borrowing $712,500 to build a skateboard park on city-owned land on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue.Council passed the first reading of the bond ordinance in a 6-1 vote (with Fourth Ward Councilman Pete Guinosso dissenting) on Nov. 13. The second and potentially final reading of the ordinance is scheduled for a public meeting 7 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 4) at City Hall.Ocean City will be reimbursed $500,000 from a Green Acres Cape May County Recreation Grant that was announced in September, and council had already approved a capital plan that calls for borrowing $250,000 for the project.Thursday’s vote is perhaps the last major consideration in an effort to replace a city-owned skateboard park at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk that was dismantled in 2011 for safety concerns.Advocates for the project envision a state-of-the-art concrete facility that will “stand the test of time” and provide both an important recreational outlet for youth and families, and a visitor attraction. The park will be constructed on city-owned land atop an existing parking lot adjacent to the Ocean City Fire Department. The site is bounded on other sides by the Ocean City Primary School, the Ocean City Tabernacle and the Gabriel Building Group.In a separate vote on Thursday, City Council will consider a shared-services agreement with Cape May County to build and operate the park with the $500,000 county grant. The agreement requires, in part, that the facility be known as the “Cape May County Skate Park in Ocean City” and be open to all residents of Cape May County.The next steps would be procedural — Council would approve specifications for bids from contractors and later approve a contract. The park possibly could be in place as early as spring 2015, according to Councilman Mike DeVlieger. READ MOREOcean City Skateboard Park: Latest Design and SiteCrowd Turns Out for Skateboard Park MeetingOcean City Gets $500,000 Grant for Skateboard ParkNIMPS, not NIMBYs, in Ocean City Skate Park DebateGroup Zeroes in on Skate Park Site for Ocean City__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook
Jamie Reed, head of community and development for Sellafield Ltd, said: It was fantastic to welcome Jake to the area to see first-hand the unlimited potential of our fabulous county. Sellafield has always been a powerhouse in its own right, but our greatest challenge is ensuring we leave a positive legacy for our community. This is why we joined the Northern Powerhouse, to rebalance the economy away from London and the South East and connect Cumbria with other northern towns and cities. Together we can create diverse and resilient communities and drive the economic future of the country. This is something Sellafield can not do alone, and this visit has highlighted that as businesses, councils, trade unions and politicians, we are all responsible for overcoming the challenges we face. The Minister was interested to learn how having Sellafield on our doorstep has given us a testbed to develop unique skills and technologies, which we are now transferring into other industries. Our workers also appreciated the opportunity to find out more about the Northern Powerhouse and how it might help create more jobs and opportunities in our region. Based on the success of his recent ‘Powerhouse Live: Tour of the North’, Mr Berry visited 2 local firms to chat to the Cumbrian workforce.His first port of call was Forth Engineering at Maryport, before going onto meet apprentices at the Gen2 training facility at Lillyhall.The Northern Powerhouse is designed to drive economic growth in the north via investments in skills, innovation, transport and culture.Jake Berry, Northern Powerhouse Minister, said: Forth Engineering was founded in 2000 by former Sellafield apprentice, Mark Telford, he said: The Northern Powerhouse is all about ensuring economies like Cumbria are able to achieve their full potential, by working together with other towns, cities and rural communities. To learn about the challenges and opportunities in the area, from those who live and work here, has helped us understand how the Northern Powerhouse can support local and national economic growth in the area. Sellafield clearly plays a huge role already in the north’s economy, employing more than 11,000 people and spending more than £1.1bn a year in the supply chain. It is encouraging to see first hand how small businesses like Forth Engineering are diversifying away from the nuclear industry, and I am impressed by the range of high quality apprenticeships being developed here.