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Park plan rolling along

Rec. panel sees a skateboard facility by spring

Skateboarders who must now use the basketball courts at Joe Capillo Park may see a new skateboard park open in the spring. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
September 30, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — If all goes well, local skateboarders will be enjoying a brand new skate park next spring.

Work on the proposed park, to be located at Joe Capillo Park on Central Street, is steadily progressing, according to Recreation Committee Chairman Suzy Geers. While construction has not yet started, Geers said she remains hopeful the project will be finished by next year.

"We are hoping [it] will be the spring," she said.

That mission started anew in September when Town Manager Christopher Clark reconstituted the committee by appointing new members. The committee is non-profit and is allowed to raise money.

The park will feature a ramp, returned by Brimfield back to Southbridge, which originally owned it years ago, Geers said. The ramps, however, must first be refurbished, she said. In addition to the ramps, Geers said she is hoping to have additional equipment for skaters to enjoy.

"We are looking at doing other parts to it. We would love suggestions," Geers said.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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