Manchester set to ramp up activity on skate park
Project Coordinator Jim DeStefano has confirmed he will appear before the Committee on Lands and Buildings this afternoon to provide city officials with an update on recent developments involving the park. The meeting gets under way at 4:30 p.m. today in the Aldermanic Chambers on the third floor of City Hall.
In May, experts in the design and construction of skate parks from Artisan Skateparks and Pillar Design Studios held meetings in Manchester with city engineers and skateboarders to determine what users want in a redeveloped city skate park on Maple Street, along with realistic and achievable parameters for the project.
A fully enclosed facility may be beyond the anticipated budget, but organizers say they lean toward a pole-roof sort of covering that will allow use of the park through much of the year while making sure the activities are in public view.
“What to do with the Community Center is an issue we’ve been grappling with,” said DeStefano. “By blocking the sight lines you create an environment where mischief can happen during any hours of the day. By relocating the building and incorporating it into the park, it can be improved.”
“Once we have the designs finalized and present them, we should be able to better determine the cost of the project and set a fundraising goal,” said DeStefano.
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