Court to hear Lakemont Park plan

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Plans for changes at Lakemont Park, including this summer’s closure, will be up for review today in Blair County Court.

A hearing is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. before President Judge Elizabeth Doyle, who will consider a petition submitted by the Lakemont Partnership, which manages and maintains the park.

The petition has the endorsement of Blair County commissioners who voted Tuesday to offer a resolution in support.

The county currently leases the park to Lakemont Partnership, under an option that became possible in the mid-1980s for the property which carries a deed restriction, limiting its use to public park and recreational purposes.

In a recent presentation before county commissioners, attorney Walter Wall, representing Ralph Albarano, managing partner of Lakemont Partnership, said the planned renovations will require keeping Lakemont Park closed this summer while the work is done.

As proposed, the partnership wants to remove and sell some of the older rides and replace them with a mini golf course, a volleyball court, a basketball court, a bocce court and an expanded picnic area. Rides to remain in the park include the Leap the Dips and Skyliner roller coasters, the Lakemont Train, the Tin Lizzy’s Antique Cars, the paddle boats and the go-karts and Mini-Indy kids gocarts.

While the county holds first option on the purchase of any older rides to be removed, commissioners have indicated that they will waive that option for these plans.

Wall also told commissioners that the proposal includes construction of parking lots closer to the picnic area, plus improvements to other attractions including the water park.

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