Londonderry skatepark to undergo second phase of remodeling

By Ryan Lessard
Union Leader Correspondent
July 19. 2018 11:28AM
Local skater Jonathan Goncalo, 17, hones his skills at the Londonderry skatepark. (Ryan Lessard/Union Leader Correspondent)

LONDONDERRY — Police, volunteers and skateboarders are banding together for a second day of remodeling efforts at the town skatepark, which has fallen into disrepair in recent years.

Lt. Patrick Cheetham with the Londonderry Police Department said the next gathering of volunteers to fix up the skatepark will be on Saturday, July 21, at 8:30 a.m.

Last time, he brought about $300 worth of plywood. On Saturday, he expects to have about $700 to $800 worth of plywood on hand.

Cheetham said a portion of the cost is being donated by Benson’s Lumber in Londonderry.

He said he and about 30 volunteers got together last month to clean up the park, assess the extent of repairs needed and reconstructed one ramp.

“The rest of the ramps I think are going to go a lot faster,” Cheetham said. “There’s one really big one that I’m hoping to make sure we can tackle.”

He hopes to get a quarter of the ramps done by the end of phase two.

They will have all the materials they need, they just need people with “screw guns, circular saws and some skills” to come help replace the rotting plywood underlying the sheet metal ramps.

In the last phase, Cheetham said they only needed a couple carpenters while the rest of the volunteers did simple work like screwing into holes or sweeping up litter.

Although most of the cleanup is done, Cheetham said this time around they’ll need more people to help with construction. But not everyone needs to be a carpenter, he said.

Phase one was a big success. Not only did they manage to reconstruct one of the more complex ramps and clean up the park’s interior, a young man and his father cut down a lot of the overgrowth between the park and the parking area.

Cheetham brought water and Gatorade for the volunteers but they were surprised when O’Shea’s Caife & Tea came with four or five carafes of coffee. And Kevin Smith, the town manager, surprised the team with about 10 pizzas.

Whatever work they don’t get done on Sunday, Cheetham is planning for another day of construction in early August.

Then, either in late August or early September he hopes to unveil the remodeled park with a big party featuring pro skaters, a barbecue and more.

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