Nashua skatepark draws dozens on opening day

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
September 11. 2017 8:47PM
Skateboarders try out the new David W. Deane Skateboard Park during its grand opening Monday on Stadium Drive in Nashua. (Kimberly Houghton/Union Leader Correspondent)

NASHUA — Skateboard lovers are raving about the city’s new skateboard park, which is being praised as one of the best skating facilities in New England.

The $550,000 park officially opened on Monday, and was greeted by dozens of talented skaters eager to try the new complex on Stadium Drive.

“This is just a dream come true,” said Ryan Taylor, 22, of Hanson, Mass. “This is better than the Boston skatepark.”

Taylor, a competitive skateboarder, said he enjoys the transition structures that divide the concrete bowl, adding there is a lot of connectivity that makes the facility not only challenging, but also fun. He said it couldn’t have been built better.

The new David W. Deane Skateboard Park, named for current alderman David Deane, was constructed by Artisan Skateparks of Kitty Hawk, N.C. It is replacing the old skateboard park that is being razed to pave way for a major development project that includes hundreds of apartments on Bridge Street.

“Skateboarding is an extremely positive outlet for youth. This is a good way to give kids recreational options, and help them stay out of trouble,” said Tim Giannatsis, 21, of Groveland, Mass.

Giannatsis has been skateboarding for about nine years, and said that Nashua’s new park is custom-built for the area, and is a unique feature for the Gate City.

Although Giannatsis said he still preferred the Boston skatepark over Nashua’s new facility, he said any skatepark is a huge benefit for a large community like Nashua.

Kevin Melanson, 20, of Nashua, was a man of few words during Monday’s grand opening, but his skateboarding talent was evident.

“This is obviously better than the old park — this is nice,” he said between tricks.

The Nashua Public Works department assisted with the project.

“Now we have a new park that rivals any on the East Coast,” said Lisa Fauteux, director of public works, adding she hopes it will provide a gateway for many to achieve new skills.

The park was shared by not only skateboarders, but also others using bikes, rollerblades, scooters and roller skates. People of all ages showed up Monday to try the new facility.

“I could not have imagined this when we first started out. It is beyond anything that I could imagine possible,” said Mayor Jim Donchess, who credited Deane for having the motivation to make the park a reality. “It is just beyond belief.”

Deane said it was a team effort to complete the project.

“No one realizes the raw talent this city has until we have a facility like this,” said Deane.

khoughton@newstote.com


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