Revamping the Hedgehog Pond Skateboard Park
August 14, 2015
by Bob Gibbs
With a simple phone call to the town recreation director, Stevo Shaw started things rolling to repair the skateboard park at Hedgehog Pond Park.
Shaw had brought a group of boarders to the park for an afternoon of fun. When the group arrived they found the park was closed due to damage to the central tri-pyramid.
Shaw, the owner of Gnarbear, a skateboarding product and service company, made a call to Recreation Director Christopher Dillon to find out when the town’s skateboard park would be reopened. He discovered that there was no schedule to get the work done on the park, but that contractors were being contacted to get the work completed.
Shaw informed Dillon that he operates a company that designs, builds, and maintains skateboard parks.
According to Shaw, two weeks later he received a call from the director offering him the job of repairing the park. He gladly accepted the job.
Director Dillon stated that the repairs Gnarbear is performing will cost $1,800. He stated that this comes from recreation department funds that he budgets for annual ramp repair.
Once Stevo started removing the old covering, he discovered that much of the framing had begun to rot away from the weather and water conditions. The job got a little bigger than expected, but still within the skills of Shaw and his assistant Zack Lupa.
Shaw hopes to get all of the work done in time to get in a few weeks of boarding before the first snow. He hopes to be able to add a few new features next year.
Director Dillon stated the use of the park has increased this year due to the warm weather. He also stated that the water quality of the pond has remained well within safe levels. Poor water quality had reduced the use of the park in past years.