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Tiverton DPW Completes Early Work For Bulgarmarsh Skate Park

The Tiverton Recreation Commission selected a designer recently.

Tiverton's Recreation Commission chairman announced with excitement this week that the proposed skateboard park at is finally moving forward.

The , under the guidance of Maintenance Director Robert Martin, broke ground leveling the soil last month and other early phase work, said Chairman Gary Rose in a recent interview.

"It is happening," he said. "I'm really excited about that. I've been involved with recreation for 10 years. It's something I'd like to see happen."

A new pirate ship jungle gym went up at the park , as the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) awarded the town a $40,000 matching grant in 2010 to get the work started on the park, and the renovations have been ongoing, says Rose. The skate park is among the final phases of the work, and he estimates the total cost of the park’s facelift will be more than $100,000.

Rose added that with the work on the park's refurbishment by resident Jeff Smith 10 years ago, and the DEM grant, he projects they will come in under budget.

To accomodate new and experienced skateboarders, Rose said the approved concept design of the park is a raised bowl with a concrete surface. He hopes skateboarders from all over use the park, which is slated to be completed by next June.

Along Stafford Road and in the parking lot of the old , Rose said he sees kids riding all the time, and sometimes getting kicked out by business owners or .

"There’s a culture there, [with] people there that enjoy it, young and old," he said. "So, I think once this is built, its really gonna be something that’s used all the time. What we hope to build is a park that is both safe and challenging at the same time."

Rose said the commission received a number of bids from "countless" skate park designers for the project, and awarded it to a vendor out of Connecticut.

"The contractor is looking to fit this into his schedule as soon as possible," Rose said.

Rose added that, although it's tempting to ride a bike or walk on the new earth at the proposed site, everyone should stay away from the work zone.

"Rework due to vandalism or people walking on delicate preliminary work will cost us time and money and will only delay the project," he said.

The landscape of the area is changing, as the skate park work comes when nearby residential community Sandywoods Farm is developing a small wind farm and a to be built on land next to the park.

nick camara November 18, 2011 at 03:03 AM
just wondering are bikes aloud when its done to ride on it too?
Bob Gaw November 18, 2011 at 11:06 AM
When a prospective new business looks to relocate to Tiverton will they look at the new skateboard park or look at the state and local taxes? When it is ten below zero this winter and the town of Tiverton wants their taxes for their budget that has gone up 27% in the last 4 years and your personal budget cannot afford to turn up the thermostat you can warm up in the skateboard park. Whether it is state,town or federal money this frivolous spending has to end. Time to tighten up our government spending.
Joe Sousa. November 18, 2011 at 11:22 AM
Bob While I agree for the most part,I hope to see a sports apparel store open close to this area. If we can use the assets the town has to bring business to town ,and people to use the existing businesses we will make out in the long run. The new Library and Rec. area are going to be built. The people in town supported them. Lets find ways to use them to support our town services. IC FAT I have been contemplating buying a plot in the Industrial park to open a dirt bike track. If people who ride are interested I would love to hear from them.
Sick of Tiverton November 18, 2011 at 01:26 PM
NOW this I will agree with!! I de rather see this town spend millions on an area where the kids can go and hopefully keep them out of trouble and give them a place to go ! Take the millions of dallars for the library and expand a park area instead!
Matthew Sanderson November 18, 2011 at 01:31 PM
Nick, when I find out more I'll respond here.
Bob Gaw November 18, 2011 at 10:59 PM
You are right Joe the people have spoken and I do hope the kids enjoy it, I just get frustrated at times and hope this town council can do something to make Tiverton more attractive as a tax base and take some of the pressure off the home owners. The bafoones we had running the town for the last 30 years scared potential tax relief away. We missed alot of opportunities when the economy was booming, now it is tough and only the strong will survive.
Tom November 18, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Joe get to the ICFAT bat cave - the Tiverton Town Council gave out some raises and we all know that you feel we shouldn't be giving out raises at this time. I hope you strongly stress to the Town Council your displeasure about reading about raises being given out.
Joe Sousa. November 20, 2011 at 03:49 AM
Tom, IC FAT has already been on the record about the pay raises . RI. is slipping deeper into recession Rhode Island Job loss is among the worst in the country Rhode Island has seen continued increases in unemployment since 2008 Rhode Island has an unemployment rate of 11.1 percent, the highest since 1976, The country as a whole has lost 5.7 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007, the biggest job loss since the Great Depression. Our Legislature is like Job repellent. Killing thousands of jobs year after year.
Gerry Jones November 29, 2011 at 01:11 AM
Sick of Tiverrton, why don't you and your few TCC cult members just move to LC and all will be well? If you don't want to be part of Tiverton, do the right thing for all of us, move!
Sick of Tiverton November 29, 2011 at 04:38 AM
Gerry..why dont you move? I, unlike yourself, do NOT want to pay millions for a frkn library when we have one allready! In case you dont realize this I PAY FRKN TAXES TOO JACK***!!!! Prob more than you do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im just smarter than you are and Ide rather see my hard earned money go to something better than HEATING UP ANOTHER VACANT BUILDING!! Youre so smart..YOU MOVE!!!!!!!
lukewheeler December 17, 2011 at 11:04 PM
You all seem like you need a little stress relief. I suggest you grab a board, release some negative energy. The company Tiverton hired is sure to build something great. The best thing about this park is half the money was raised by skaters, and as to the taxes, skate boards parks need no mowing or supervision and require little to no maintenance
Sick of Tiverton December 17, 2011 at 11:31 PM
As much as I am AGAINST the stupid 7 million library...I am all for this skatepark! We should spend 7 million and make a bigger and better park that EVERYONE can use...not a library we have already! This is a nice way to include the kids of this town, they are ALWAYS the future!!

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