Skate Park Festival raised $600 toward upkeep, board members say

07/30/2014 2:13 PM |
Christopher Thomas, 8, of Bay Shore skates at Sunday's festival. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Christopher Thomas, 8, of Bay Shore skates at Sunday’s festival. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Sunday’s Greenport Village-sponsored Skate Park Festival was dubbed a success by village board members, who said Monday the event raised nearly $600 toward park maintenance and drew crowds from as far west as Queens. 

“It was very enjoyable for both young and old,” said Trustee George Hubbard, who cooked more than 150 hamburgers and 250 hot dogs during the event. “The kids wanted to do it every month.”

The festival at the Moores Lane skate park also featured music and free lessons for younger skaters from longtime Greenport skaters and friends Justin “Beau” Pollack and Andrew Semon, who teamed up with the village to help organize the event.

A raffle raised almost $600 toward park upkeep.

One touching donation came from 10-year-old Jack Murray, who gave $100 he collected from his family’s yard sale to the park, Mr. Hubbard said.

Since May, the village board has been taking steps to repair the long-neglected skate park in hopes of creating a family-friendly environment that encourages greater use of the facility.

More than $45,000 went into the park ahead of the festival. Repairs included new blacktop, paint and equipment.

The village hopes to host the event, which had previously been hosted by private citizens, annually, Mr. Hubbard said.

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