Since the recent start of the construction of the Lower Fields project, the T.J. O'Grady Skate Park has been temporarily closed for safety reasons. Fences have been erected around the park to prevent skating while large construction equipment and machinery occupy the park.
According to a construction worker on site, an unknown person or persons broke a few windows of two CAT construction trucks, which estimated to roughly $6,000 in damage. This occurred sometime within the past two weeks.
Acton Recreation Director Cathy Fochtman said the park must remain closed during the construction process (which is said to be completed by mid August) for safety reasons.
According to Fochtman, the Rec. department is looking for input from local skaters on how best to build the new skating-bowl that will be placed as a new addition at the Skate Park in the near future. The Rec. department recently received roughly $100,000 from the Community Preservation Act (CPA) to construct a new skating-bowl and for sidewalk and parking construction. The Rec. department is working with Eastern Boarders in Nashua New Hampshire to come up with the best design for the skating-bowl and they are currently looking for a designer and builder.
Construction for the skating-bowl is said to start sometime after the Lower Fields construction is completed. Good news for the skaters - the Skate Park will remain open during that construction process.
If you are a skater, or your son or daughter frequents the Skate Park, the Rec. department is looking for your input on designing the skating-bowl. Email the Rec. department for more information on how to get involved.