The State College Borough Council unanimously voted to adopt a resolution in support of the Local Student’s March and “March for Our Lives” Monday.
“March for Our Lives” is an organized demonstration that is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 24 in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States.
State College will be holding its own march for those wishing to show solidarity with the national issue of gun control.
The event is scheduled to begin at State College High School on Saturday at 11 a.m., according to Borough Council member Evan Myers.
“We believe children in the State College area are no less at risk than anywhere else in the country,” Myers said. “We hereby resolve that the Borough of State College supports the students and children of our community by encouraging our state and federal officials to enact sensible gun control policies.”
Council member Theresa Lafer said that while she recognizes that Pennsylvania is “full of hunters,” assault weapons and hunting riffles are not the same thing.
Additionally, the Borough Council approved the open-container permit requested by event coordinators Brad and Andrea Groznik for the State College Pop-Up Ave Spring Market.
The event will include a flea market, food vendors, live music and a beer garden and will be held Saturday, April 28.
“I have attended multiple of the Pop-Up events in the past,” council member Dan Murphy said. “I was pleasantly surprised at the level of control shown by those who attended the event.”
The council also reviewed potential plans for building an Action Sports Park in State College.
The park will include features such as a skate park, a bouldering skill area and a mountain bike skill area, Ad-Hoc Action Sports Park Committee member Dan Rowe said.
Rowe said that when considering potential park locations, the committee will take into account proximity to “existing homes, accessibility, available parking, environmental factors, available acreage, ownership and safety.”
Currently no official plans to build the Action Sports Park have been made, but the Borough Council will be continuing to review options in the future.
The Spring Creek Watershed Commissioners Denny Hameister and Bill Sharp also shared with the council information on the Atlas Project.
The Atlas Project is “a public outreach program and educational service” available online, Sharp said.
The website will be available to all and provides information on the nature of the Spring Creek Watershed, economical and governmental aspects of the watershed and educational information on watersheds.
“The idea is to use content of the atlas for education in the public schools,” Sharp said. “The atlas is not just for adults, but also a tool we can use in our schools to educate our young citizens-to-be on the nature of watersheds.”