Courtesy of Len Zielinski, Chairman, Parks & Recreation Commission
The Parks & Recreation Commission proposing that Phase II of the Town Green project incorporate a skate park, on Massirio Drive, as its final elements.
Since 1999, the Commission investigated and proposed a number of sites and none were found suitable because of safety or neighbor factors. At that time, the Town Green was not on the horizon and not considered.
However, this proposal was rejected by the Economic Development Commission, as not their vision of a town green, something passive and quiet.
This Massirio Drive site is ideal because it is centrally located, highly visible and safe. In addition, it will have separation from the nearly complete Phase I. Based on neighboring towns skate parks usage it will generate far more attendance than the “passive” design currently proposed by the Economic Development Commission. We expect it will be used year round. What’s better than to get kids to directly benefit from these State provided funds.
I have heard comments that there has not been an outcry for a skate park. Skate boarders are not represented by any formal league or organization whose organizer would be leading the charge for a facility. The skateboarders are still out there, pursuing their sport in what may not be the safest locations. What better way to help get kids off the game boys.
This appears to be the last chance for a skate park in Berlin. Interested parents and skateboarders have an opportunity to express their support for this skate park during audience of citizens at the Town Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber.
It will be up to the Town Council to make the final decision on whether we’re going to have a skate board park.