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No place to skate

Skatepark boosters seek funds, volunteers

Neighborood kids work on their skateboarding skills on the halfpipe constructed by a Southbridge police detective in his backyard. Kegan Gentry, left, and Eli Lugo await their turn. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
August 08, 2010

SOUTHBRIDGE — Scott Bailey II is in a something of an odd position.

He's the son of a local detective, but also an aficionado of a sport police officers routinely try to push off Main Street — skateboarding.

In his case, his father, uncle and others helped him build a "halfpipe" in their Edwards Street driveway in hopes of keeping him and his friends off the street. But they all hope for something more: a true skatepark, preferably downtown.

"People who skate have nowhere to go in Southbridge," said Quinn Paul. "We don't bug anybody, but they act like if we're skating anywhere, we're breaking things."

When approached on Sunday, Bailey, Paul and several friends were aware, however, that there is an effort to bring a skatepark to town — literally. Several weeks ago, volunteers and members of the Recreation Committee examined parts of the defunct Brimfield Skatepark with intent to store them at the DPW until they could raise enough money to use them as part of a park slated for Capillo Park.

According to committee chairman Suzy Geers, that idea didn't work out too well.

"Some of the materials from Brimfield were rotten" because they had "seven years of water damage," she said. " That slowed us a little bit, and we're in dire need of money."

To compensate, she said the committee measured it and is trying to get quotes from sheet metal firms to build something anew. It's also seeking fencing, which she predicted will "cost and arm and a leg."

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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