Skate Park receiving face-lift ahead of Sunday’s festival

07/22/2014 2:12 PM |
Volunteers help make upgrades to the Greenport Skate Park on Moores Lane Tuesday afternoon. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Volunteers help make upgrades to the Greenport Skate Park on Moores Lane Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

The final touches on a $45,000 project to rehab Greenport Village’s skate park are being made ahead of this weekend’s Skate Park Festival — the first-ever to be hosted by the village.

New blacktop was laid down Monday. Installation of new equipment and painting is expected to be completed by village employees by Thursday, Trustee George Hubbard said during the village board’s work session of Monday evening.

Existing equipment is also being repaired and cracked cement is being fixed, he said.

The park had fallen into neglect in recent years. Just last summer, obscene graffiti, including an anti- Semitic symbol, was found at the park, as were holes the size of volleyballs in ramps, with trash gathered on the ground underneath the holes.

Since May, the village board has been taking steps to fix the problems facing the skate park in hopes of creating a family-friendly environment that would encourage greater use of the facility.

On Sunday, the village is hosting the Skate Park Festival with free-style competitions, free food and drinks and skateboard lessons from veteran skaters who used the park.

Private organizers previously held the annual event to help raise funds and make repairs to the park.

The Skate Park Festival starts at noon.

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