Southborough Recreation is reevaluating the “skate park” at Finn School. Before they determine a course, they are seeking public feedback.
The skate park will be discussed at the April 23rd meeting. So, they’re hoping for people to respond soon. But, before you complete a survey, Rec wants you to better understand the history behind the park:
In 2003 Recreation began to offer skateboarding in our after school program (RAP). The program took place at an indoor facility in Shrewsbury. Participants would be driven to spend the afternoon skating at the indoor park. This lasted for several years until that park closed.
At the time, skateboarding was becoming very popular in the Town and as a result we found skaters skating in unsafe locations and sometimes damaging public property. Recreation stepped up its programming efforts to offer skateboarding classes in school parking lots. Teaching skaters how to do tricks and proper etiquette and respect when out in public. Every class that was offered filled and the sport continued to grow.
In 2009, recreation worked with local skaters to figure out where to put a park and how to get the funding. Unfortunately, both were huge obstacles. No one wanted a skate park in their neighborhood, the economy was at a low and Southborough didn’t qualify for grants.
In 2014 the Recreation Director asked the Commission for a compromise, to build a wooden skate park on a tennis court. The tennis courts, located behind Finn School, were not used often (at least the one where the park is located) as they were extremely pitted, and not optimal for play. We also knew that the Richardson Courts (Neary School) were going to be resurfaced which would potentially increase play at that site.
The park was built with a combination of a grant and program fees collected for the skateboarding classes. We held classes at the park for several years later and they always filled up (10+ each class).
The Recreation Commission would like to gather public input regarding the skate park before making a decision whether to dismantle it or repair and keep it open.
Thank you for your time.
At the end of the survey, Rec shares:
There will be a Recreation Commission meeting on Monday, April 23rd at 7pm at the Recreation Department (South Union School building) at which this will be discussed. The general public is invited to attend.