May 11, 2014 01:00AM
By Dan Brechlin
MERIDEN — Don’t expect to see the city’s skate park resurrected any time soon. Put into storage last fall because of renovations at Platt High School, the skate park is not expected to be reassembled this spring, if ever.
“Right now we’re not looking at reassembling it,” said City Councilor Cathy Battista, who chairs the Public Works and Parks and Recreation Committee. “When it was taken apart it was done in a way where it probably won’t be put back together.”
The skate park had been located in a parking lot across from Platt on Coe Avenue since it was built 10 years ago, but the space was needed as a staging area for materials and equipment during renovation work at the high school. When the project is complete, the parking lot will be home to four tennis courts.
Councilor Kevin Scarpati said he had been told that the skate park “didn’t come apart so easily” last fall.
“One would assume the skate park, in my mind, should’ve been able to be taken down in a way that it would be able to be reassembled if and when the city found a place to put it,” Scarpati said. “I would like to find a place for the skate park sooner rather than later.”
The skate park was nearly relocated to the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Outdoor Center on High Hill Road, but the location and the possibility of limited hours led city officials to look for another spot. Other locations including the tennis courts on Lewis Avenue were suggested, but the courts are being used by high school teams during renovations. The downtown Hub was also mentioned. A task force was assembled last summer and discussions began, but nothing ever came of it.
Battista said the skate park is “on the back burner right now.”
“It looks like not only is the location a problem, but equipment is a problem,” he said.
If a new skate park was built, Battista said she would prefer it be done with concrete rather than free standing equipment. The cost is estimated at $80,000 to $90,000, she said. Columbus Park was also looked into, but Battista said relocation there was unlikely because additional money would be needed to prepare the grounds.