2006-03-24 / Front Page

Skateboarders,Addabbo Open Skate Park Early


Local skateboarders, City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Department of Parks and Recreation staff reopened the Rockaway Skate Park last weekend - about a month ahead of schedule. The early opening is a victory for a determined group of local skateboarders who collected about 500 signatures on a petition and, with Addabbo's help, convinced Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe to let 'em start skating ASAP. The park will be open Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Additional hours will be posted after Memorial Day. Park users must sign a waiver (kids need one signed by a parent or guardian) and must wear protective gear. Photo: Councilman Addabbo holds the petition with Angel Andino. They're joined by Curtis Cooper (second from right) and Ivan Vamba (right), who also collected signatures to expand park Local skateboarders, City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Department of Parks and Recreation staff reopened the Rockaway Skate Park last weekend - about a month ahead of schedule. The early opening is a victory for a determined group of local skateboarders who collected about 500 signatures on a petition and, with Addabbo's help, convinced Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe to let 'em start skating ASAP. The park will be open Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Additional hours will be posted after Memorial Day. Park users must sign a waiver (kids need one signed by a parent or guardian) and must wear protective gear. Photo: Councilman Addabbo holds the petition with Angel Andino. They're joined by Curtis Cooper (second from right) and Ivan Vamba (right), who also collected signatures to expand park Curtis Cooper strikes a "Karate Kid" pose as he takes off. Curtis Cooper strikes a "Karate Kid" pose as he takes off. Friends watch as Curtis Cooper practices a trick. Friends watch as Curtis Cooper practices a trick. Ivan Vamba hurtles through the air. Ivan Vamba hurtles through the air. Jamel Marshall does a frontside 180 kickflip.  Jamel Marshall does a frontside 180 kickflip. You go, girl: Nai'a Mergen, all padded up, practices her skating. You go, girl: Nai'a Mergen, all padded up, practices her skating. Angel Andino soars about five feet off the ground after hitting a ramp. Background: Friends watch to see if he will land it. Angel Andino soars about five feet off the ground after hitting a ramp. Background: Friends watch to see if he will land it. Angel Andino, who started the movement to open the park in the off-season, catches air off the park's biggest drop. Angel Andino, who started the movement to open the park in the off-season, catches air off the park's biggest drop.

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