2004-07-16 / Front Page

Skate Park On Horizon, Trouble Too?

Skate Park On Horizon, Trouble Too?

The Rockaway Skate Park between Beach 91 and 92 Streets on Shore Front Parkway is tentatively scheduled to open at the end of the month.

The Rockaway Skate Park is almost finished and is tentatively scheduled to open at the end of the month but nuisance complaints have already been registered against what promises to be a hotspot for teenage activity.

The 100 Precinct and Parks and Recreation staff have to regularly patrol the area to keep eager skaters, who easily slip through the fence from the boardwalk, out of the park in the evening. Jonathan Gaska, District Manager of Community Board 14, issued a statement this week.

"We understand that everyone is excited about using the park – when it opens it should be a blast – but until completion it is a dangerous construction site," said Gaska.

Police issued a more stern warning: enter the park when it is not open and you will be summonsed for trespassing, they said. The police and City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr.’s office have received noise complaints stemming from evening activity at the park.

When the park does open, the Parks and Recreation Department said the following rules will be in effect: you must wear a helmet and sign a release to use the park; children under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign for them; from Memorial Day through October 31 the park will be open from 9 a.m. to dusk; from October 31 through Memorial Day the park will be open weekends and holidays only; the park will not be open during inclement weather; it will be monitored by Parks and Recreation staff members.

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