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Plans for former Manchester skate park site moving forward

The county is moving forward with a plan to transform the former site of the Manchester skate park into a stormwater management facility.

The Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 Thursday to accept a $756,043 grant from the State Highway Administration's Transportation Alternatives Program to fund the construction of the project, which will be located off Md. 27 in Manchester. Commissioner Doug Howard, R-District 5, was not present for the vote.

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The planned facility will treat 99.3 acres of drainage area, according to a release from the county's Department of Land and Resource Management. Currently, the area drains into the Double Pipe Creek watershed, the release said.

The project is expected to cost about $950,000, said Gale Engles, chief of the Bureau of Resource Management.

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The Town of Manchester will own the facility when it is completed and will be responsible for all maintenance, she said.

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