Members of the community packed Brazil City Hall to express their interest to the Brazil City Parks Board about the location. Those in attendance who spoke were in favor of a skatepark in Brazil, but many had different opinions as to the location, which included Forest Park, various city properties and the proposed location in Craig Park.
After listening to members of the community, the board began to address the issue with the best interest of the parks in mind.
"None of us are out to say we don't want a skatepark," Vice-President Todd Brackman said. "We are responsible for the maintenance and well being of the parks."
Discussion ensued after Treasurer Linda Messmer read from the minutes of the April 13, 2005 meeting, which states a motion was made by then board member Brad Deal, seconded by Secretary Carolyn McCullough and was passed, to grant permission for the use of the land next to the south side of the Craig Park building to build a skatepark with the following stipulations:
* Nothing can be started until all funds for the facility are raised,
* Although the board is not liable before, during or after construction, the board will be kept informed of the progress,
* The skateboard organization will be responsible for maintenance and supervision, and
* Before opening, a safety check will be held that is satisfactory to the board and to the city.
If the current Clay Community Skatepark Committee (CCSC) were to go ahead with the installation of the equipment at Craig Park, then the guidelines must be met that were made during the first motion in 2005 or the process would have to start from the beginning.
"We don't want the responsibility of the maintenance," McCullough said. "We don't have the money to do it. There is a way of solving this so that everyone is happy."
It was suggested CCSC, in a process similar to the Clay Youth League and Christmas in the Park, create a lease agreement for the park areas and regulate the skatepark on its own.
The issue was tabled and CCSC was encouraged to discuss their options and report back to the board at the next regular meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.