A vacant lot next to Fayville Hall on Central Street will not be home to a new skateboard park. At a Board of Selectmen meeting a few weeks ago, Recreation Department Head Doreen Ferguson presented the site as an option for the skate park, but selectmen unanimously opposed the idea citing safety concerns.
“I thought it would be a great family area,” Ferguson said noting the ball field and playground just across the street at Fay Field.
But selectmen said traffic on Central Street was a concern, particularly with kids crossing the street to go between the skate park and the playground. They also thought the lot would be “too tight” for the park.
That means attention turns back to Choate Field at Woodward as the primary site for the skate park. Ferguson said she hasn’t yet talked to officials at Woodward about the plan because she was waiting for the go-ahead from selectmen, but she “heard through the grapevine that they’re concerned.”
Many of you have asked whether the deed on Choate Field precludes its use as a skateboard park, but Ferguson said it does not.
Ferguson said there has been a lot of interest in skateboarding from eight and nine year olds, so situating the park at Woodward makes sense. She also said that there aren’t any other town-owned lots that would be appropriate for use as a skate park.