November 12, 2008

Skatepark to open on Sunday

Press release from the city Parks Department:
The City of Bristol will be conducting an opening ceremony for the new cast -in-place skateboard park in Rockwell Park, 1 Dutton Ave., Bristol ,Ct on Sunday November 16, 2008 at 1pm. Please join us for the opening.

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16 comments:

Ouch !!!! said...

Bring along your camera . It will be your best chance of acquiring a graffiti-free photo .

jay said...

I think it's great about the skate park, my concerns are that of bully's, thugs and trouble makers, hopefully there will be watchful eyes.

Anonymous said...

Have an ambulance standing by when the greats, the near-greates and the ingrates begin to fracture body parts at this city sanctioned house of pain and promise.

Might as well notify Corp. Counsel and the City insurance carrier as well.

Let the stupidity begin.

Anonymous said...

OMG. Doesn't anyone have anything positive to say about the skatepark. I'm sure that the swings and the teeter totter were real trouble magnets back in the day too!

Shame on those kids for actually enjoying some other type of activity that evolved over the past 30 to 40 years to become something that they can actually connect with.

Nope, if they don't like football, baseball,basketball or maybe soccer they have no business being in a park.

It's time for some people to realize a new century has arrived!

Anonymous said...

Skatepark! Skatepark! Skatepark!

Anonymous said...

ANOTHER PHOTO OP FOR THE MAYOR ON SOMETHING HE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GETTING STARTED OR DONE. DID HE SHOW ANY CLASS AND INVITE FORMER ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO WERE PART OF THIS?

Anonymous said...

9:40 RIGHT ON!!!

Anonymous said...

9:40

Do you honestly think that Ward would invite Ellen??

Bill said...

Skateboarding is statistically about as dangerous as basketball. And one in six kids skate often enough to improve fitness and skills. So keep the ambulance in the garage.

Bristol will have a rarity that took some fortitude and vision: A skatepark that actually offers a compelling alternative to the streets and infrastructure. Which is why it will be teeming with skaters of all ages and abilities.

It works that way at a similarly designed and implemented skatepark in Stamford, anyway.

Now there will be two world-class skateparks in Conecticut. Bravo Bristol, we love your boulders.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 9:40pm - getting a little tired of the mayor's mug in the paper every day at parties- maybe that's one thing I won't miss if it folds but the point is that Its not just the E-word, its Couture, Stortz, Damantis, the former councilpeople and even Parks people - what a great tribute to finally get it done after all these year and show all the people who touched it.

Mark Klecha said...

I hate anonymous hate comments. People should have the courage to stand by what they say. Using an anonymous name shows that they comment without responsibility. Its childish and pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Cheeze, is it always about taking credit? How about the kids who originally pushed for it?
"DUUUUUDE! Where's my skatepark???"
It's about time it is finshed, but it is going to be great for those who love to skate, and it's about time there was something for them, too.

Anonymous said...

It's so great that it's finally opening. Hope it doesn't snow...

Anonymous said...

Always about taking credit??

It is for Artie!

Anonymous said...

Nice picture of Ward in the paper: surrounded by nobody, has the spotlight ALL to HIMSELF.

jered said...

What the heck is up with all the negative comments about the skatepark? I've been skating for 20+ and finally at 34 broke my first bone... Check Bill's comments for the saftey facts, skating isn't dangerous. As far as jay's comments about bullys, thugs and troublemakers, you may find that skateparks have a very nice way of policing themselves, spend some time at Burnside and you'll see that we can take care of ourselves. The last thing a skatepark needs are "watchful eyes"... we're as much trouble as a football team or any other "team". And for anonymous "Let the stupidity begin" - what makes skating/skateparks so stupid? It is the fastest growing sport in the country (lacross might be growing as fast) and the only thing that comes close as far as difficulty is golf in terms of precision and fine motor skill... trust me after 20+ years on my board I'm well aware of how difficult it is. Yeah, some people will get broken, I just got back on my board after a busted arm this spring, but check Bill's comments, he has the facts right about the numbers of kids that skate and the relative saftey. As someone who grew up in CT and moved to Oregon I say BOOOO for all the negativity. I'll be back for thanksgiving... maybe I'll bring my board so after I run the Manchester road race I can go skate!!!

GOOD WORK BRISTOL!