Expanded skate park in Hudson now open

Early reviews 'positive' says city official

A skateboarder tries out the newly expanded skate park at Veterans Way Park in Hudson Friday. The expansion work at the park was finished at the end of July. Rails such as these are set up in several spots of the park.

HUDSON — The city’s newly expanded skate park re-opened last week.

The expansion and renovation work at the facility at Veterans Way Park began in March and was finished July 27, said Trent Wash, the city’s assistant director of public works. The park opened the next day and Wash said early reviews from skaters has been “all positive,” with participants saying, “the design is great for flow and great [for skaters] from beginner to experienced.”

He noted it is recommended that skaters maintain distancing from one another and added signage is posted at the park reminding skaters to adhere to spacing requirements.

The park was expanded by 2,500 square feet to make it 10,000 square feet and is open from dawn to dusk, Wash said.

City Council in January voted 4-3 to approve a $388,250 contract to Grindline Skateparks for the expansion of the skate park. Vans “Off the Wall” made a $50,000 donation toward the cost of the project, leaving the city to cover the remaining $338,250. Vans sells skateboarding shoes and apparel.

Last year, Park Board Chairman Keith Smith told council that if the renovation did not happen, the park would have to be closed due to safety concerns.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, pkeren@recordpub.com, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.