As residents of the Village of Hastings on Hudson, we have significant concerns regarding the further development of the Burke Estate to build a 5,000-square-foot concrete skateboard park. This location along Farragut Avenue, about a quarter-mile south of the high school and approximately 50 feet from the road, is unsuitable for a skate park for the following reasons:

1) Environmental, aesthetic and noise impact. Hastings prides itself on the preservation of its green spaces. Yet under this plan, a sizable swath of trees within the Burke Estate would be razed and replaced by 5,000 square feet of CO2 emitting concrete, visible to all who drive or walk along Farragut Avenue and significantly impacting the quality of life for those who live near it.

2) Safety concerns. There is no plan to add a crosswalk near the site, posing a major safety risk to the skateboarders, and we are concerned about the security of the skate park, particularly at night.  Additionally, the steep driveway adjacent to the proposed skate park location goes directly into the busy traffic of Farragut Avenue.

3) Traffic issues. A skate park in this location will increase traffic along a busy avenue, and there is little available parking for those who come by car.

4) Financial impact. This project will cost hundreds of thousands ($300k) of taxpayer dollars, not including the cost of ongoing maintenance once it's built. Given the many other village projects and needs competing for priority status, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, this warrants further community-wide discussion.

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