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October 04. 2013 8:35PM

Ramps from Windham skatepark moving to Salem

SALEM — Windham skateboarders’ misfortune is looking like it will be good news for skaters in Salem.

This week, selectmen approved purchasing three skate ramps and an angle rail from Windham, which closed its skatepark several months ago.

Recreation impact fees will be used for the $750 and $2,900 for the disassembly in Windham and reassembly at Salem’s skatepark at Hedgehog Park, according to Recreation Director Christopher Dillon.
 
Because the skate equipment will be used to improve and expand an existing park, the department can use the impact fees to pay for it.
 
“The Recreation Advisory Committee selected some ramps that it thought would enhance our current park as it would provide ramps that we currently don’t have here,” said Dillon. “A lot of the ramps we have down there now have a steeper grade and are generally a lot larger at four feet high.”
 
The ramps from Windham are between two and three feet high, giving more opportunities for younger skaters, according to Dillon.
 
“Right now, many of the younger skateboarders who go to the facility can become slightly intimidated by some of the ramps,” Dillon said. “There is only one ramp they can go over that is a little shorter.”

The same person who installed the skate equipment in Salem and Windham will be installing the equipment in Hedgehog Park.

“I love Hedgehog Park and I am also on the Recreation Advisory Committee,” said Selectman Pat Hargreaves. “I think this will enhance the park tremendously. Not to sound corny, but we have big ramps for the big boys and now we will have bunny ramps for the little kids to learn how to rollerblade and skateboard.”

Selectmen unanimously approved the purchase and installation of the Windham skate ramps.

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