Renovations close skate park for the year

 

Rail grinders and ollie enthusiasts are without a place to practice their unique skills after the village closed the skate park last week. 

Granville Village DPW superintendent Dan Williams said the equipment including ramps and various obstacles for skateboarders to jump on, off and over had been removed from the park adding the park will be closed for skating for the remainder of the season.

“The Little League said they needed some space and the equipment needed some maintenance so we decided to close the park for the summer,” he said.

The ongoing Little League renovation project needed to work close to the site of the skate park which had half of the fence removed during work raising the grade of the southern fields at the complex.

The skate park is typically locked and removal of the fencing left the area accessible day and night.

The basketball courts will also be affected, but it was not clear immediately in what way. The posts might be removed and later reinstalled or relocated.

The area of the skate park and basketball courts will likely get a new coating of asphalt at some point, Williams said.

It is also unclear what effect the relocations might have on the municipal skating rink as the basketball courts are covered with a plastic liner and flooded to provide a space for children to skate each winter. 

The request for space along with the condition of the equipment led to the closure decision, he said.

“This way we’ll be able to use funds that would have been used for the operation, on maintenance – the equipment will be in great shape for next year,” Williams said. 

Williams said the plan was for the park to be closed to skating for the summer and reopen at its regular time in 2012.

The nearby playground and the warming hut will not be affected by the renovation project.

Little League officials said the warming hut will be used for restrooms and as the base for the concession stand for the summer of 2011. 

While the ramps wait for parts they have been removed to the waste water treatment plant area where they will be stored until the skate park is ready for them next year.

Those who use the park reported finding out about the closure through word of mouth and rumors.

“I noticed (the equipment) was gone but I didn’t know they were going to close it,” skater Dylan Beebe said.

Beebe said he went to the park with friends April 22 during Granville High School’s spring break only to find the skate park area empty of other kids and equipment.

The park, established in 2002, is maintained jointly by the town and village is expected to reopen in the spring of 2012.

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