Does Marblehead Need a Skate Park?

You tell us - does Marblehead need a skate park?

You don't have to spend much time in Marblehead to realize that the kids here love to skateboard - and now that school's out for summer, you can expect to see a lot more of them cruising around town.

Though the local love for skateboarding runs deep, it doesn't change the fact that the streets and sidewalks in can be very narrow.

The combination of the two has resulted in some very serious injuries to local boarders. A 22-year-old spent nearly a week in critical condition last summer after .

Marblehead used to be home to a wooden skate park at , but in 2006 Recreation and Parks Commission members opted to turn that space into a baseball practice area.

So, we decided to make the issue of "Marblehead's missing skate park" the topic of this week's Does Marblehead Need One? column. 

Wev're already asked '' and '' - both of which stirred up quite the discussion among our readers.

What are some of the advantages to having a skate park in town? What do you think would be the disadvantages? Let us know how you feel in the comments section below.

Have an idea for our next Does Marblehead Need One column? Send it to Marblehead Patch.

Jane Casler June 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM
I vote yes.
Beth N. June 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM
I second that yes!
Leslie Carter June 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Joe Whipple June 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Absolutely yes. There are skateparks in many other places, so there's no reason we can't have one.
Emeline Walker June 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I absolutely say yes! When I first moved here in 2002 there was a small one at Gatchel Park and then it went buh bye. I would love to see a new park come in so that I can get my skate back on!
Heather K. Mitchell June 21, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Definitely!!!! It would give the kids a place to go skate and meet up with friends - and it would be much safer!!! I know there was a problem with vandalism in the past - but honestly - I really think the kids would appreciate it and would respect the fact that they have it! How realistic is this possibility I am wondering? and where could it be located???
Ray DePaula June 21, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Yup. Safer too.
Nate June 21, 2012 at 03:26 PM
As a skateboarder, and employee of the late Brickhouse Skateshop, I know that it is imperative that Marblehead should have a skate park. There have been three parks in town over the last eight or ten years. Gatchell's Playground, The Horseshoe (filled in with dirt and stone, it is now the Marblehead dog park on Lime Street,) and in 2009-2010 the Orne tennis court which was operated by Brickhouse when we were based at 120 Pleasant. Unfortunately with no park and no shop we all have nowhere to go. Our once beautiful and productive community has been left crippled by nonacceptance. Having a skate park would be productive for the skateboarders in town, the parents of those kids who don't have to drive out of town to let their kids have fun, and the stores in town will gain some business selling food and drinks to locals and people who come in from out of town to visit the park.
Mark McSnark June 21, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Definitely! I know I for one love to slash and hesh across fun boxes and do fakie airs
acd June 21, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I really wish we did and would love to be involved with public awareness, location scouting and fundraising. I'm driving to Beverly quite a bit to bring my kids over to theirs (which they love) and it is nice the Y is making an effort with a skate 'area' but it's very small and kids can't get there by themselves since it's almost out of town.
Lori Peace June 21, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Absolutely!!! I have three children, all grown now 17, 20 & 22....and I truely feel that once the kids turn 15 or 16, they are then forgotten, unless they play hockey, football, or the other...not all kids are into those sports and they need a place to go. My son is an avid skateboarder and I support his love for it, 100%...that's HIS sport, what he loves to do...It won't keep them completely out of the street because that comes with the freeness of it, but I believe they deserve their place to go without having to leave town...They need space, too. As for a movie theatre...definately!! Why not?? Give our town something else to do without it having to be going to the bars all the time. We need options & keeping in our town means not having to benefit another town...Keep It Local...Give our kids some productive entertainment.
Hannah Stone June 22, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I believe a skate park is a wonderful idea. In a previously posted comment, there was concern about "doing something without going to bars all the time". Here's a short list-volunteer in the community, join a book club, learn something new (the marblehead y offers many classes), bird watch, hike or as we are surrounded by water...swim. There is plenty to do as my father would say. You just have to use your brain and your imagination.
Lori Peace June 23, 2012 at 01:32 AM
That was the smartass in me trying to get a point across...
Peter Phillips July 12, 2012 at 03:10 PM
As noted, the Town has had a skate park in the past. Most people supported it. Unfortunately, the kids who used it trashed it regularly. Unless, the kids commit to not trashing the area every week, a skate park will never be realistic.
Joe Whipple July 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Doesn't anybody know how the places that have successful skate parks manage to keep them from being regularly trashed? It's unlikely that we have a worse bunch of skateboarders, so is it supervision, non-trashable construction, or what? The Rec and Park ought to find out. One problem may be that many people support lots of things unless they have to be paid for through taxation. It just hit me: the vacant lot at the former lead mills site would be a fine place for a skate park.


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