WINDHAM, Maine — The skate park in the town of Windham has been shut down for safety reasons.
The parks department wants to make a lot of repairs before it can reopen. For now, the park will remain closed for skateboarders.
On any other spring break, the skate park would be packed with young people making all kinds of noise along Route 202. But this park will remain quiet and off limits to everybody.
The skate park is 16 years old, and it shows. There are cracks and holes in the pavement, and holes in the walls and ramps.
Town leaders say they closed the park to err on the side of caution. The only question now is whether this will be a major repair or whether a whole new skate park need to be built.
“The town still wants to be in the skate park business, so to speak. We want to offer this for the youth of the community,” parks and recreation director Linda Brooks said. “But it was time to consider some major rehabilitation rather than just the annual maintenance that’s been done.”
The town is waiting on a structural engineer to tell them what repairs need to be made here and how much it will cost. The town then plans on holding a public meeting to let skateboarders weigh in on any future decisions made about the skate park.
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