Skate park finds new home

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
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The equipment has been moved and the skaters are on board.

The Danny Hay Memorial Skate Park has found a new home on city-owned property on Forest Avenue.

The former site of the skate park, behind the Mason County Public Library, was prone to flooding, often taking it our of commission and sending skate-boarders to alternative locations. That prompted officials earlier this year to agree to move the location.

The location in front of the old Carnation building already has a concrete pad for the skate park equipment, Maysville City Manager Matt Wallingford said. And the site is just a few blocks from a city park currently in the works.

Hay was 22 years old and new to the Maysville Police Department when he responded to a robbery in a Maysville grocery store in October 1979. He was shot and killed by Gary Wayne Wilson.

Hay is the only Maysville police officer ever killed in the line of duty.

The Danny Hay Memorial Skate Park was built and dedicated in the early to mid-2000s and is being moved with the blessings of the Hay family, Wallingford said.

While most of the equipment is original to the park, there are plans to possible add some new equipment if the budget permits, Wallingford said. There is also some possibility the city could partner with a local organization to fund some new equipment. He said there are also plans to add some landscaping and maybe some benches to the site.

Wallingford said he met with Philip Hay, the brother of the fallen police officer, last week to get his thoughts on a re-dedication at the new site.

Skaters, Wallingford said, have already found the new park and it seems to meet with their approval, he said.

A re-dedication of the park is set for Aug. 17 at 11 a.m., Wallingford said.

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Mary Ann Kearns

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