Skatepark to be rededicated with rally and competition

By RYAN LESSARD
Union Leader Correspondent
September 26. 2018 11:50PM
Jonathan Goncalo, 17, using the Londonderry skatepark in May, prior to the park undergoing repairs. (Ryan Lessard/Union Leader Correspondent)

LONDONDERRY — A rally and skate competition has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Londonderry skatepark after police organized community efforts to fix up the park.

Lt. Patrick Cheetham with the Londonderry Police Department said the event will go from 1 to 5 p.m.

It was organized in partnership with Buzz Bomb, a New Hampshire-based skateboard company, and Snowboard Jones.

Buzz Bomb created the promotional flyer, will be supplying prizes for the competitions and is working on a public service announcement video about helmet safety that Cheetham said should be done soon.

They’ll also be bringing in some professional skaters “to show some tricks and crazy stuff that kids have to practice years to do,” Cheetham said.

People interested in competing can reach out to so-called “skater cop,” officer Justin Hallock at jhallock@londonderrynhpd.org.

“We’re still looking for more competitors,” Cheetham said.

Awards will be granted to the top three finishers of each age bracket, which is limited to 15 skaters per bracket.

There will be times set aside for open skating and a pro skater demonstration by the Buzz Bomb Skateboard Team, which will also be available to give tips to young skaters.

More contest details are available on the LDP Facebook page.

Jon Kelly, a retired Raymond police officer and the owner of Kelly Entertainment, will be donating his time and equipment to DJ at the event.

The Londonderry Wildcats — the booster club for the football program — will be selling hamburgers, hotdogs and soft drinks. Proceeds will go to Londonderry athletic programs.

Food will also be provided by the Hickory Stix BBQ food truck. Police vehicles will be available for attendees to get an up-close look.

Cheetham hopes to see over 100 people attend the rally.

This is the first event of its kind at the Londonderry skatepark, but Cheetham said he’s open to possibly making it an annual event.

“We’ll have to gauge community feedback,” he said.

The event is the culmination of an entire summer-long project to renovate the park, with monthly community cleanups.

Cheetham said officers, skaters and other members of the community helped to replace about 40 sheets of plywood underlying the sheet metal ramps to increase the structural integrity and safety of the park.

Police are currently working on a final piece; the replacement of a 40-foot-long angle iron that skateboarders can “grind” on.

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