Story by Janmarie Foschini
A Public Forum was held on Wed., Jun. 21 at the Greenwood Lake Teen Center/Elks Lodge to discuss the future of Greenwood Lake’s first skatepark. The plans are for the skatepark to be built and named after Dale Hirrel, a G.L. teen who tragically lost his life last year. Dale was a skateboarder and an incredible young man who was loved by all.
Committee members Kurk Koziel, Michael Dudley, Jonathan Sismey, Patrick Rabdam, and Tyler Lees were on hand to discuss their visions to make this park a reality. The skatepark would be located across from Chase Bank, on the corner of Winstanley Park (the CVS Field) on Windermere Ave. The location would be approximately 11,000 sq ft., easily accessible, safe, and will provide a visible location patrolled by G.L. Police. Both the Village of G.L. and the Town of Warwick are on board with making this skatepark a reality.
The park will be open to families who wish to skateboard, ride bikes and scooters in a safe environment with no entrance fee. The goal is to raise $200 to $300k in the next two to three years in order to build the park.
Fundraising ideas include: donations, a local concert with proceeds going to the park fund, painting classes with local artist Chris Vanvooren, and a GoFundMe in memory of Dale. The park is also eligible for the Tony Hawk Grant. Their mission is to promote high quality, public skateparks in areas that could use assistance with the funds throughout the United States. Once the goal is met, completion of the park would take approximately two months.
The planning committee is seeking more volunteers to make this vision a reality. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer or with ideas for fundraising can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To sign up for the monthly newsletter in order to be kept up to date with the progress of the future skate park, visit www.gwlskatepark.com.