At last week’s meeting of the Park & Rec Advisory Board (PRAB), members approved the installation of a skatepark for senior citizens in Riverside Park. It’ll be installed at the site of the old skatepark. The blacktop has been resurfaced this week and the equipment has arrived, ready to install. Click the photos to enlarge.
The new skate park is a partnership with Village on the Cannon (VOC), a senior condo development adjacent to Riverside Park. “We see this as a real amenity for the active seniors in our condos” said Collin Peters, President of Collegetown Development Group, developers of VOC. “Skateboarding is not just for youth anymore.”
Rich Vlasic, Chair of PRAB, said that he and his fellow board members felt this was something that they could do without consulting the neighbors or the City Council since it involves no financial commitment on the part of the City. “Frankly, we’ve gotten tired of the never-ending process, process, process that’s the hallmark of Northfield. And we’re feeling more than a little burned by the Lashbrook Park archery fiasco. This was opportunity for us to make a quick decision and implement it within a week, Master Park Plan not withstanding. We think that’s an all-time record.”
Members of the Northfield Skatepark Coalition were not unhappy with this news. “More power to those geezers,” said spokesperson Marnie Kingfisher. “The more skateboard facilities the better, as far as we’re concerned. We just hope they’ll let kids use their facility until ours is built.”
Update 5/23: It’s actually a roller hockey rink. See Susan Hvistendahl’s comment attached.