The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 31, 2003


Skateboarding park coming to Concord

Over the past year the Alliance for Teen Safety, with the direction of Barbara Howland, the Concord Police and the Rotary Club of Concord have joined forces to make a skate park a reality. In the words of Concord Police Chief Len Wetherbee, "The police are in full support of the skate park. Skateboarding is a real sport and provides youth a positive outlet for their time. Currently, skateboarders feel like outlaws as they do not have a safe place to enjoy their sport. The police look forward to a more favorable relationship with the kids when they are provided a healthy and safe place to skateboard."

The group researched ten potential sites for the park over the course of 11 months. The park will be 12,000 square feet and the approved location is a current triangle of grass behind the student parking lot at CCHS. The Regional School Committee approved this location in September. The Concord Fire Department will donate a 911 call box; Concord Police will monitor the park, and the town will assume liability.

The Rotary Club of Concord has been the critical pivotal group that has offered to prepare the site with excavation, paving and installing a fence around the park. The committee has set a goal of $50,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to make this happen. They hope to raise more for the equipment as a second phase of the fundraising.

If you wish to get involved with this exciting project financially or for more information, call Barbara Howland at 1-978-318-1510 X146 or Sharon Spaulding at 1-978-371-0800.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito