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ALEXANDRIA

RECORDER

Your Community Recorder newspaper serving the communities of southern Campbell County

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017

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Skateboarding flourishes under bridge in Newport Surrounded by rubble and Mount Lookout. piles of dirt, it looks like a post“There were some fools apocalyptic landscape ripped from Oakland here the other from the set of the day,” he said. “There “Terminator” movies. were some fools from But instead of killing New York. People come.” machines from the fuWhy is this one speture, it’s skaters from cial? It’s built by skaters all over the country who for skaters gradually have flocked to the over the past decade. It skate park under the started as a small conInterstate 471 overpass crete square, known as a Scott in Newport. grindbox, under the Wartman “We add on piece by bridge. Young men and piece,” said Gary ColNKY NOTEBOOK women have mixed their lins, owner of Galaxie own concrete with water Skate Shop a few blocks away from the adjacent creek. on Monmouth Street. Collins They’ve built ramps and fasand the skaters who frequent tened railings on which to flip, his shop have led the volunteer grind, slide and fall into face effort to build the park over the first. past 10 years. “We don’t have a DIY Skate Parks carry a grand plan. We kinda just go special cachet among skaters. with whatever funding we Famous ones, such as Philadelhave. It’s always going to be phia’s FDR Skate Park, have changing. It’s always fresh and iconic status. Newport’s park new.” stands up with the big ones, The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) said Grant Koniski, 22, of ClifSkate Park in Newport in Auton. gust just added its biggest Koniski moved from Philapiece – a giant, empty swimdelphia to Cincinnati in August ming pool with gradual slopes to attend the University of and dips. It cost $30,000. The Cincinnati. Newport’s is just as city’s nonprofit Newport Foungood, he said. dations, which uses private “It’s just approachable at all donations to pay for recreation scales for everybody to learn,” projects, put $14,000 toward the Koniski said. “It’s planned out. project. They thought about the lines.” The addition has gotten the On Tuesday nights, Collins skate park national attention in brings floodlights and a sound the skateboarding community. system so people can use the It’s a destination, said John See NOTEBOOK, Page 2A Donnell, 21, a skater from

The gates of the former Campbell Lodge Boys Home at 5161 Skyline Drive near Cold Spring remain locked since the state closed the boys home in 2012. Landowner Diocese of Covington wants to sell 50 of the 80 acres to Brighton Center to use as a recovery center for women seeking to overcome addiction. ENQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Cold Spring addiction recovery center contested Chris Mayhew cmayhew@enquirer.com

COLD SPRING – Whether Brighton Center can open a women’s recovery center under existing Campbell County zoning is being questioned. The Newport-based nonprofit plans a 50-bed residential treatment center outside Cold Spring city limits for women recovering from addiction has been hotly contested and protested by some residents. Brighton Center has an option to buy 50 acres at 5161 Skyline Drive from the Diocese of Covington to operate the women’s recovery center. Campbell Lodge Boys Home operated a residential treatment center for boys on the property until it was closed by the state in 2012. Cold Spring resident Donnie Glenn has appealed Campbell County Director of Planning and Zoning Cindy Minter’s Sept. 1 decision stating a new residential treatment center is permissible. Glenn claims the condition-

A Cold Spring lawn displays a roadside sign opposing Brighton Center’s planned 50-bed women’s recovery center program that will provide non-medical addiction counseling services. THE ENQUIRER/CHRIS MAYHEW

al permit for a residential treatment center was abandoned when Campbell Lodge Boys Home closed. A document filed by landowner Diocese of Covington and Brighton Center with

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Campbell County’s government sheds light on what kind of treatment is proposed. Brighton Center proposes no medical or clinical drug John Donnell grinds on the new empty swimming pool added to the DIY skate park in Newport. THE ENQUIRER/ SCOTT WARTMAN

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