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Market for Windham skate park equipment fails to develop

WINDHAM — With few potential buyers coming forward to purchase Windham’s surplus skate park equipment, town officials agreed this month to explore other options.

In late April, the board voted unanimously to place the town’s nine skateboarding ramps up for sale. Selectmen placed the items up for bid over the course of 30 days.

The skate park was closed this past September after police had received constant complaints about vandalism, foul language and other inappropriate behavior among park regulars.

By spring, town officials opted to close the park for good.

During the June 3 selectmen’s meeting, Finance Director Dana Call said that while the equipment had been placed out to bid as a whole, the sole offer received was $750, with the potential buyer interested only in a fraction of the equipment.

The board voted unanimously to reject the $750 bid, noting that the value of the equipment far exceeds that amount.

Community Development Director Laura Scott suggested the town try a different approach, such as listing the items on online auction sites like eBay or via one of the regional ListServe options for recreation departments or public works departments.

Another option worth considering, Selectman Ross McLeod said, would be approaching organizations such as Skate Park Association International.

Phil LoChiatto, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said it may even be time for the town to begin soliciting bids for the park’s demolition.

Ultimately, the board agreed to keep trying to find a buyer via alternative means.

While town officials had considered keeping the skate park intact in another area of town, such as behind the police station, costs proved prohibitive.

Recreation Committee Chairman Dennis Senibaldi said the installation of a concrete base pad to set the equipment on could cost up to $30,000 alone, with the actual relocation of park equipment to cost thousands more.

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