‘Little Brothers’ Skate Park gets town OK

Young skateboarders and beginning riders won a victory this past week when the town approved the construction of “Little Brothers” Skate Park, to be situated alongside the larger Volcom Brothers Skate Park at the Trails End recreation complex.

The addition of the new skate park will help younger riders, said JLA Foundation president Jane Baer, who led the effort.

Construction on the project, which is funded entirely by JLA and in-kind donor contractors, is to begin this month and would be completed before the snow season.

The town’s recreation commission heard the plans on Tuesday, Aug. 6, then handed its recommendation up for Town Council approval.

The council, which scrapped its Aug. 21 meeting because of a “lack of agenda items,” fast-tracked the project at its meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

The skate park forms the eastern anchor to Trails End Park, which opened this past spring. The idea for an addition to the skate park has been in place for a number of years.

In making her pitch to the Recreation Commission, Baer repeatedly emphasized that the larger skate park is just too gnarly for younger and inexperienced riders.

She brought with her about a half-dozen youngsters, who also addressed the commission in support of the park.

Town Council authorization was required to enter into agreements with the project donors to construct the park addition, with the understanding that all construction will be paid for by others and there be contracts for the work, along with insurance requirements.

In its report to the recreation commission and the council, the town staff indicated there was no cause for even a single raised eyebrow.

“The overall park has become a magnet for kids to play and has had minimal damage from graffiti and malicious mischief,” said the staff report, which was authored by engineer Peter Bernasconi.

“The park is generally self-policing with the occasional police presence needed for specific conflicts,” he wrote in the report.