Plans for Skate Park Making Strides in Lunenburg
LUNENBURG -- The effort to build a skateboarding park in the town is moving along slowly but steadily, according to organizers.
With a location secured, naming rights being discussed, and over $40,000 raised to date, the team behind the push is optimistic that groundbreaking on the project could happen by the summer.
A major hurdle in the quest was cleared in April, when town officials donated a grassy parcel of land between the T.C. Passios Elementary School and Kids Kingdom for the location of the new skate park.
Griffin Caiozzo, an eighth-grader at Lunenburg Middle High School, along with five of his classmates, began the effort to get a skate park built as part of a school project earlier this year.
“It would be a nice recreational area in the center of town for kids of all ages to spend some time and get away from technology,” Griffin said.
Griffin said anticipation for the new park had reached a fever pitch among his friends and classmates.
“Everyone I’ve talked to is just asking when it will be done,” he said. “They’re more than excited.”
Griffin’s father, Anthony Caiozza, has become an integral member of the team. He said efforts to get the park built are proceeding, but perhaps a little more slowly than he would like.
“Nothing ever happens as fast as one would want,” he said. “We’re talking to people all over the country who have either been through this process, are going through this process now, or are even considering going through this process.” Among the groups the team has been consulting with on a regular basis is the Tony Hawk Foundation, he said. “They’ve been serving as mentors for the project.”
The target amount the team is shooting for is around $400,000, in both cash and in-kind donations, such as donated equipment, materials, and labor costs. Anthony said construction would likely begin when the group had reached about 50 percent of its goal.
Discussions about naming rights for the park are also underway, according to Anthony, who explained that the idea would have to be approved by town officials.
“We’re engaging in a PR campaign to sell what is really the only thing we have to sell -- naming rights,” he said. “We’re in the final stages of getting that approved so we can aggressively start selling benches and obstacles in the park to have permanent advertising. That’s really going to help put this thing into overdrive.”
While he was not allowed to discuss whose names and logos might be featured in the park, Anthony said a few “local banks” had expressed interest in the idea.
The group has also been hosting monthly fundraising events to collect more money for the skate park. A Fortnite tournament is scheduled for next month at Lunenburg Middle High School. A few weeks ago, the team rented out a movie theater at CinemaWorld in Fitchburg and hosted a special screening of “The Grinch.” Future fundraisers will include a comedy night and a “Battle of the Bands,“according to Anthony.
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