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Albany man hopes to develop recreational park

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -An Albany man wants to bring a new park downtown to provide recreation and entertainment for kids. He hopes to re-open the skate park that's been closed for months and expand it.

Lane Rosen and the city attorney went over details of a six page lease agreement. It would allow Rosen to take over management of the city's skate park from the Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority.

He wants to transform it into a recreational park. Lane Rosen wants kids to have a fun, safe alternative in town. He thinks his "Adventure Albany" project may just be the answer.

"I want parents to be able to drop them off and feel safe while they run their errands," said Rosen.

Rosen wants to transform RiverSkate into a recreational park with hiking, biking, and horse back riding trails. Willie Carter says that's a great idea for his great-grandchildren.

"I think horseback riding would be very good for children," said Carter. "A lot of children love horses and they would love to have somewhere to play."

A 400 foot zip-line across the river is also in the works.

"They're very safe," Rosen added. "You bolt it up and get it certified by an organization that specializes in zip lines. They're popular all over the world."

Thursday evening, Rosen tweaked lease agreement details with ADICA members. They discussed cost and maintenance and plans to turn part of the land into a beach.

"It seemed easier at first," Rosen noted. "It seems to be going along smoothly but there are a lot of details to iron out."

Some include specifics to expand the site from two acres to four acres. He thinks his plan will bring more people towards the downtown area. Jogger Austin Wilcox agrees.

"Absolutely," said Wilcox. "I've come out here everyday expecting to see a lot of people and I really haven't."

"Children look at that park for somewhere to go and have fun and to get their mind off trouble and I think that's very good for Albany," Carter added.

People like Wilcox and Carter hope the thrills of a new attraction will be a positive outlet for young people in Albany.

ADICA is scheduled to vote on the skate park lease agreement with Rosen in two weeks. Members will discuss whether the area is adequate for developing the recreational park.

Lane Rosen also hopes to host concerts at the facility that's located on Oglethorpe Boulevard on the east side of the river. 

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