It’s Official! Livingston Municipal Skatepark Construction to Start April 19th

by: Robert Allen Thursday, April 1st, 2010

On Thursday, March 25th, there was a pre-construction meeting for the Livingston Municipal Skate Park.  It was held at the Senior Community Center between the Town engineers, Township Public Works and Police Departments, and Hardcore Shotcrete Skateparks Inc. (a division  of American Ramp Company), the contractor building the skate park.  The skate park is designed to be a state of the art facility and a nationwide standard of how a skate park works within a community.

In attendance were:  Chris Fredricks – Project Manager representing Hardcore Shotcrete Skateparks Inc. (the contractor), Richard Calbi – Livingston Township Engineer; Robert Bocchino- Livingston Township Assistant Engineer; Jennifer Hernandez – Livingston Township Safety Inspector, Gary Callahan – representing Schwanewede/Hals Engineering outside consultant to Livingston Township; Mike Anello – Livingston Township Superintendent of Public Works;  Jennifer Hessberger – Livingston Township Director of Senior; Youth & Leisure Services; Tim Roetman – Livingston Township Youth Coordinator; Captain Jeffrey Paine – Livingston Township Police Department; and Robert Allen & Alan Karpas – co-chairs of the Livingston Township Skate Park Committee.

The official start date of construction of the skate park is Monday, April 19th with a completion date of Wednesday, June 9th.  The schedule of operations and regular progress reports will be posted on the skate park website www.LivingstonSkatePark.org. The rules & regulations are being reviewed by the township attorney and Town Council for approval. When they are adopted a town meeting will be scheduled.

The Skate Park committee has raised $92,000 from two eBay street sign auctions and individual contributors, which is being allotted to the first phase of construction, including design, building and associated costs.  However, the committee must raise an additional $16,000 to finish the park, including a mini-ramp that was originally planned.  It was left off of the original bid because the committee did not have the necessary funding.  There is a substantial savings in construction costs if  the mini-ramp is built this Spring.  If we add this component at a later date, the cost could be almost double.  The committee welcomes sponsors and donations from local businesses and residents to support this long-awaited destination.  The fundraising effort continues to ensure a beautiful landscape for the entire community to enjoy.

Donations can be sent to HCHY, Livingston (Healthy Community Healthy Youth, Livingston), 17 Mayhew Drive, Livingston, New Jersey 07039, Attention: Alan Karpas.  If you have any questions, please call the Skate Park Hotline 973-992-6411.

For more information, please visit www.LivingstonSkatePark.org. We welcome everyone from the community to join us on this exciting project.

HCHY President Alan Karpas

Holli and Robert Ehrlich

Chairs – Livingston Skate Park Committee

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