Community rally to revamp Camden skatepark
CAMDEN, Maine (WABI) – A community fundraising effort in Camden aims to improve the city’s skatepark after it was forced to relocate.
The skatepark was originally behind the Teen Center on Knowlton Street which was operated by the PenBay YMCA.
When the YMCA sold the building last summer, the skatepark moved next to a small parking lot owned by the city.
Since their move, volunteers have repaired parts of the park, including the halfpipe, which was in poor condition.
With a goal of $ 5,000, over $ 4,000 has been raised to date.
About a thousand dollars will reimburse volunteers who bought new plywood to resurface the halfpipe. The rest will go to ongoing maintenance.
Rafael Baeza, who organizes the fundraiser, says the community effort has highlighted the park’s importance to the city’s children.
“In reality, children are not allowed to skate in the city, so there is no other outlet. This is what I keep hearing from young kids, you know, they don’t want to have problems skating around town, so really, a skatepark is vital. If you don’t have a skatepark, the city becomes your skatepark, ”Baeza said.
Some residents are unhappy with the new location, expressing concerns at a town meeting in April about rising noise levels.
Baeza says those involved in renovating the park are determined to address these issues with the ultimate goal of providing a safe and fun place for children to skate.
The Save the Skatepark fundraising page can be found on GoFundMe.
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