There are many misconceptions out there on what a Skatepark is, how it's 'culture' operates and how it effects the community as a whole. Here is a list of frequently asked questions and statements that we would like to address.
Q: Will building a Skatepark cost the town more money in insurance?
No. A Skatepark would be covered under our current policy as part of the Morris County Joint Insurance Fund (JIF). The same coverage applies to all the other athletic facilities managed by Pequannock Township. More info can be found at www.mcjif.org
Q: Where will the Skatepark be built, and how was the location chosen?
The proposed location of the Pequannock Skatepark is in the Southeast corner of Washington Park, near the intersection of Jefferson Street and the old rail road tracks. This location was chosen through the joint efforts of the Pequannock Skatepark Advisory Committee and Pequannock Parks and Recreation, for it’s high pedestrian traffic, visibility, future access to the rail trail, central location within the township and proximity to existing facilities.
Q: How will the Skatepark be paid for?
Although our original approach to the town council on Sept of 2015 requested a publicly funded skatepark, the Skatepark will be paid for with a combination of public and private funds.
Q: What is the difference between the Pequannock Skatepark Advisory Committee and the Pequannock Skatepark Association?
On November 10, 2015, Town Council created resolution No R2015-188 to form the Pequannock Skatepark Advisory Committee; an ad-hoc committee “to review and advise the Council on factors involved in the development and maintenance of a skateboard park including location, design, and cost”. No funds were contributed to this committee. It is entirely volunteer. The committee is made up of the following members of the community: Councilman Richard Phelan, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Representative Tom Andrea, Stephen Connolly (chair), Jordan Galiano (secretary), Aaron Mayer (volunteer), David Sippel (volunteer), A copy of this resolution can be found here on the township website.
The Pequannock Skatepark Association is a non-profit formed by a few volunteers from the advisory committee. The Pequannock Skatepark Association is not affiliated with the Township of Pequannock. We are residents of Pequannock, parents and skateboarders with a common goal of finally building a skatepark in Pequannock.
Q: How can I donate to the construction of the Skatepark?
The Pequannock Skatepark Association (P.S.A.) is a non-profit organization that has been setup to raise funds for the construction of the Pequannock Skatepark. You can donate online at www.skatepequannock.org or in person at one of the many events that the P.S.A. attends.
Q: How can I stay informed about what is happening with the Pequannock Skatepark?
ThePequannock Skatepark Committee has regular meetings multiple times throughout the year, all meetings are open to the public and dates are posted on the Township website as well as social media. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and our website.
Q: What material will the Skatepark be made of?
The Pequannock Skatepark Committee and Town Council have decided that a Concrete Skatepark would be the best option due to it’s low cost of maintenance and ability to withstand the elements.
Q: Will the Skatepark have an effect on flooding?
The Skatepark is being designed above ground and will connect to the existing stormwater management basins located in the park. It is also being designed to include a rain garden. The goal is to actually improve water runoff in the area, helping to prevent the buildup of water during rain storms.
Q: Will the Skatepark only be used for skateboarding?
The Skatepark Committee and Town Council envision the Skatepark as a multi-use facility, that would be used by for multiple types of recreation, including, but not limited to, skateboards, BMX and scooters,
Q: Are kids at skateparks exposed to drug use and other negative influences like foul language?
Skaters need to be focused and alert, particularly in a skatepark setting, to maintain their balance and to perform the maneuvers they do. Skateboarding, by its very nature, is an anti-drug. Generally, a skatepark full of kids who are there to skate is a skatepark full of kids not getting stoned. At skateparks, older skaters tend to look after younger skaters. They offer tips, help them out of bowls when they fall, and will rise to the occasion when they have the opportunity to set a positive example or mentor a younger skater. A skatepark is a place where skaters get together and enjoy the space, the camaraderie, and the physical thrill of riding. An outdoor, open, highly visible location--as most skateparks are--is not the place to bully kids, use drugs, or be a nuisance. Skaters are there for a reason, and are generally very good at policing each other about behavior that interferes with their enjoying the park. Skateparks where the skaters have trouble with non-skating drug users and delinquents showing up are typically located in secluded areas, where casual supervision is infrequent or doesn’t exist. It’s an unfortunate situation, but it’s one that the skaters suffer from, rather than create themselves. It is important that the skatepark is positioned somewhere in the community where there is ample pedestrian traffic. This prevents people from preying on the captive skatepark audience. A well-built and properly sited skatepark that reflects the needs of the local skaters is a hive of creative, physical activity, a place where kids and adults who enjoy skateboarding come together and are focused on their sport in an inherently positive environment.
Q: Doesn't skateboarding presents too much liability?
Like many other athletic activities, skateboarding has its risks. However, the safest place to engage in this popular activity is at a facility specifically designed for it, and away from traffic and private property. When skateboarding injuries occur, it’s usually by someone who has been skating less than a week, and about half of those accidents are attributed to “uneven surfaces.” Compared to other popular sports like football and basketball, skateboarding has far fewer annual injuries per thousand participants (Basketball – 224; Baseball – 116; Soccer – 62; Skateboarding – 20, according to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, a division of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission). The biggest tragedy is when a teenager or young adult dies. When it involves skateboarding, it’s almost certainly out in the streets. In 2006 there were 42 skateboarder deaths in the U.S. and 40 of those were in the streets. Of those, 32 involved a motor vehicle. The best way to prevent this tragedy from happening again is to create safe, sanctioned places for people to ride their skateboards.
Q: Will the skatepark will be an eyesore?
It’s true that skateparks can sometimes become messy. The average age of skateboarders is 14, and picking up after oneself is not generally a high priority. We understand that extra measures must be taken to ensure that the skatepark is as tidy as possible by installing plenty of trash cans, and a rigorous volunteer stewardship plan that will have the skaters themselves working with the Parks Department to keep it nice. Skaters want a clean place to skate as much as anyone and we’re committed to ensuring it stays looking as nice as possible.
Q: Will the skatepark be too loud?
Actually, skateparks—especially concrete ones—emit less sound than most other park activities. Several skatepark sound studies have been conducted. The most notable was done by Portland, Oregon’s Parks and Recreation Department and found that their 10,000-square-foot skatepark emitted less constant noise than light automobile traffic. Baseball games and playgrounds are typically louder. We have also been to dozens of skateparks and for the most part they tend to be somewhat serene and subdued and usually only one or two people are ever skating at the same time…so imagine how soft urethane wheels sound on smooth concrete from a distance away. That’s the sound you’ll hear from the skatepark… along with people laughing and talking.
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