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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The recently reopened downtown Albany skate park could close again.

Albany businessman Lane Rosen backed out of a deal to manage the park.

Rosen said he wanted to make the park the centerpiece for his plans to bring other adventure sports downtown.

Last month, ADICA finalized a contract to allow Rosen to operate the park rent-free for four months then pay 200 dollars a month for 8-months.

ADICA leaders say they're disappointed Rosen decided not to sign the contract.

"We need to make a decision as soon as we can because it's costing money to keep the utilities on. And after this summer the department of recreations probably won't be able to continue to help, and we'll have to find a way to do it or close it all together," said Interim ADICA Director James Taylor.

RiverSkate has been open the past few weeks under the management of the recreation and parks department, but the city wants an independent operator to take over.

The half million dollar skate park opened five years ago.

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