City skateboarders should be stoked about the renovated Chadakoin Skate Park.
On Friday, city officials and some local skateboard enthusiasts were on hand at the Chadakoin Skate Park to check out the renovated ramps and rails. The rehabilitation and maintenance project done during the past year cost more than $42,000. The renovations were made possible with Community Development Block Grand funds.
The project included Lakeshore Paving blacktopping the skate park surface, American Ramp Company replacing the box ramp and rail assembly, the city Public Works Department rebuilding and repainting existing ramping and repairs were done to the chain-link fencing surrounding the park.
From left, Vince DeJoy, city development director, Todd Allen, Noon Rotary of Jamestown, Shilow Williams, skateboarder, Olan Talbot, skateboarder, Gregory Rabb, Jamestown City Council president, Branden Ryan, skateboarder, Tyler Covey, skateboarder, Jeff Lehman, city public works department, Tim Riley, skateboarder, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, Mike Harrison, Chadakoin Park caretaker, Vickye James, city youth director, Julia Ciesla-Hanley, city recreation coordinator, and John Williams, city parks manager, are pictured on one piece of the new and renovated skate board equipment at Chadakoin Park on Friday.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips
The skate park was originally constructed in 2001, costing nearly $80,000 with many of the ramps still existing today. The initial installation of the ramping was done by Rampage Permanent Skate Park Equipment. The original construction of the park was made possible with Parks Department resources and grants from the Gebbie Foundation, Noon Rotary of Jamestown and the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation.
Local skateboarding officials, spearheaded by, at the time known as Suburban Blend, now known as Jamestown Skate Products, led fundraising and advocacy efforts, which led to the construction of the skate park.
The Chadakoin Park, which is located at West 10th and Washington streets, also has a picnic pavilion, playground equipment, basketball courts, and baseball and softball fields.