The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 19, 2003


Group hopes to build permanent skatepark at CCHS

Carlisle resident Barbara Howland told the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee on September 9 that efforts to build a permanent skateboarding park are progressing.

A temporary park was installed this summer at CCHS, site of the proposed permanent park. The usage was lower than expected, due, Howland felt, to the hot, humid summer and equipment that kids felt was out of date.

A non-profit group, the "Friends of Skatepark" will be formed to spearhead fundraising, and to manage the park once it has been constructed, which is targeted for the spring of 2004. The committee has met with abutters and are planning to address their concerns about safety (helmets required, police call box on premises), trash (receptacles provided), noise (daylight hours only, quietest equipment installed), rest rooms and water (use of CCHS, and when opened, pool facilities), and lights (park will not be lit).

Concord resident David Gould expressed his concern that abutters are not being kept informed of the development plans, and felt the skate park does not fall under the aspect of "educational needs." He was also concerned about an expansion of the high school parking lot. Concord resident Tim Atkins humorously commented, "If we can get more kids to skateboard to school, it will alleviate the parking problem."

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