EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 25, 2013

Skatepark sell off makes headway in Windham

Salem officials make an offer of $750

By John Toole
jtoole@eagletribune.com

---- — WINDHAM — Windham has finally found in Salem a taker for some pieces of its skatepark.

Windham selectmen this week approved awarding three ramps and a rail to Salem for a bid of $750.

Officials in Windham last year closed the skatepark because of misconduct by skaters that included profanity, littering and refusal to wear helmets.

But the town has had little luck coming up with buyers for the skatepark equipment.

The Salem offer emerged as the only one in a third round of bid requests, assistant town administrator Dana Call said.

Salem’s acquisition is contingent upon Salem selectmen authorizing recreation officials to spend the $750, which would come from impact fees.

Recreation director Chris Dillon said he will make that request to selectmen Monday.

Salem officials yesterday were examining the equipment and considering how it will be moved.

“The town of Windham would like us to do it as soon as possible,” Dillon said.

He said his town hasn’t had any major behavioral issues at its park. The Salem skatepark is at Hedgehog Park off Lowell Road.

“We’re pretty excited,” Dillon said. “We feel like we have a good skatepark at Hedgehog, but we have space for expansion. This would put new elements in there.”

If all goes well, Dillon said, the new ramps and rail could be in place this fall at Hedgehog.

Windham, meanwhile, still has some skatepark equipment.

Selectman Al Letizio Jr. told colleagues that a new skatepark is being built near the Charles River in Boston.

“They have some interest,” Letizio said.

Others have expressed interest before, but not followed through, Call said.

There are still six or seven ramps available, she said.

Formal bidding is over for now.

“I’m sure if they call the town, we’ll entertain offers,” Call said.