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Letter: Toms River Needs a Skate Park

Supporters looking for more community support

Statement as released by Intensity Skate Crew of Toms River:

Toms River school students tired of getting kicked out of every parking lot around town for skateboarding formed a petition, went door to door and presented pages of signatures to the Township asking that the Toms River Town Council “Consider” the establishment of a “Skate Park” in Toms River. Two weeks after and members of “Intensity Skate Crew” presented their petition at the Recreation Departments Committee meeting, “Skate Park” was added to the ballot.

With some school districts now incorporating “Skateboarding” into their physical education curriculums, and Toms River the 7th largest municipality in New Jersey, with around 17,000 school age students and having zero skate parks, it was time somebody did something, and the kids realized that they were somebody.

If they can muster enough community support, they can make it happen.

Lee and Bernard Viggiani and the Intensity Skate Crew

Toms River

Karen Ann Campbell June 07, 2012 at 04:43 AM
What is done is done. They built the parks in high profile areas to show off the parks. No one would know they were there if one was up at Skyview. I am 44 years old and drove up to Skyview for the first time last week. It is abysmal. Would be a perfect place for a pool club with a playground. Too bad it will never happen.
Karen Ann Campbell June 07, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Little Jimmy can break his leg at Castle Park have you ever seen the craziness and ill behaved children that are there with Mommy looking on. Or while skating at Winding River, playing tennis, you can get injured anywhere. I understand the point that the skate park carries a higher liability but there would have to be rules in place. Skate at your own risk. Badges sold like for the beach and parents would have to sign off regarding assumed risk. I have to sign a waiver for every activity my children have ever done. So why should this be any different?
steve June 08, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Im a fellow "toms river skater" and my parents pay taxes just like everyone's elses, there are plenty of baseball fields for kids to play at so no windows or anything broken. Though when i skate the town is very quick to issue out fines/tickets. Give us kids a place to ride and OUT OF THE STREET!
max June 08, 2012 at 03:17 PM
So Much To Say....if your kids went to the Incline Club and you took them and left because you didn't like them doing tricks, wouldn't you be for the skatepark so your kids have somewhere to skate and have fun with out so many people not paying attention?
max June 08, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I want the public to see the arrogance displayed from So Much To Say. I don't think he or she really needs to be mean to Karen when she did not say anything bad and was stating her opinion.

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