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Tiverton Becomes a Rhode Island Skate Park Destination [VIDEO]

Bulgarmarsh Skate Park officially opened last weekend.


The nice early spring weather has had extreme sports enthusiasts dreaming of grinds and half-pipes, waiting patiently for a local park to rival some of the best in the state.

They didn't have to wait long. The warm air led to an early completion of the new skate park at one Recreation Commission member Chris Roemlein said will be unique for Rhode Island, being one of the most technical.

The park, which officially opened last Saturday, was designed by a southern Maine skate park design and construction company, Who Skates. Roemlein did thorough research, and traveled the country, to find the best skate park for Tiverton.

The skateboarders, stunt bike riders and inline skaters who occupied the park throughout the warm days of April — as many as 75 to 100 a day, according to  Recreation Commission Chairman Gary Rose — seem to agree. They were there last Friday afternoon on the eve of the opening, jumping the vertical ramps, attempting grabs, grinding the rails and having fun with friends.

Kyle Yusen, of Portsmouth, said it's really nice to have a skate park this close to his home, and said the only other comparable skate park requires a trek to Jamestown.

Roemlein said the project is 15 years coming, beginning with then-high schooler Ethan Smith, who raised about $26,000 from t-shirt sales, and took the idea of the park to the town.

"It's a tough thing to sell to people," Roemlein said.

When Smith went to college, friend Diane Toste took over the fundraising effort, and located the space for the park. Roemlein said he took over the fundraising for Toste and toured skate parks all over the country, joined by two local skaters who advised him on the park's design.

Maintenance Director Bob Martin also assisted with the financing, securing a grant from the Department of Environmental Management and a scoring donated plants from to spruce up the park. 

A full list of the safety policy and regulations is posted at the park and will soon be posted here. Martin said lights have been installed and will be shut off every night at 11 p.m.

Read our previous coverage of the skate park coming to town:

Dan D May 01, 2012 at 03:54 PM
when I first saw them building it, I thought it would be a good thing. Now that it is built, I think it is far too close to the playground, after seeing it open for a bit. But at least they leave the bathrooms open now so we do not have to leave with our kids every time they have to go.
Leslie Ferreira May 01, 2012 at 04:59 PM
The kids in town have waited so long for the skate park but with all the kids from out of town it is always so crowded when will our kids get to use their skate park?
eastbaybabe May 01, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I dont think any one has any business complaining. We have it, its built, the kids are having fun and if it weren't packed it would have been a waste! Im glad for the kids. Enjoy guys.
susan May 01, 2012 at 06:41 PM
this is great for ,"the kids" but why are out of state kids coming in by the "bus full", as stated in Newport daily News? Will Tiverton tax payers have to pay to clean-up and maintain area. I'm afraid this will turn into a nightmare for resident children and tax payers of Tiverton.
Amy May 01, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I've driven by on several occasions and haven't seen ONE kid with a helmet. Is this something the town will enforce?
janet May 01, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I hear you Susan, I walk the park every day, great kids , but 6 to 10 mass plates, I know that all want to go , but should it be for Tiverton, only, I can't park my car at the beach, but I can't go to any town beach it is for that town and only that town..
Matthew Sanderson May 01, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Folks, I just attached the Skate Park Rules posted from the site.
Lord Cornwallis May 01, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Thats right.......if your are not from this town, you should stay out, thats the Tiverton way!
eastbaybabe May 01, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Lord- and thats why nothing is ever accomplished in "this" town, because of attitudes like that!
Jen Gallant May 02, 2012 at 03:11 AM
So "outsiders" come and use the skatepark and you know what happens after that? They grab a coffee from Dunkins, a soda and gas from Hess or an ice cream from the Moose bringing more MONEY into this town. if you havent figured it out, thats a GOOD thing. This was the skate park's opening weekend...of course it is going to be busy with both residents and non-residents checking it out. I'm sure as time passes, it will be less packed and "our" kids can enjoy it more
Lord Cornwallis May 02, 2012 at 03:30 AM
I was being sarcastic, I am playing on the fact that people are actually complaining that "outsiders" are visiting the skate park. Of coure I think it's good to bring in people from surrounding communities.
Dean Gagne May 02, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Jen, I completely agree with you. Also, the skaters that were there on opening weekend will not be skating the same place day after day. Any skater would get bored with the same transitions day in and day out. They will still come to the park from time to time, but they will not be there every day forever. To the commenter who says the park should be there for only Tiverton kids, you will see that when your kids get old enough and still skate, they will be going to different community skate spots with their friends for different transitions and different experiences. Any skater who skates the same thing all the time would never progress and never learn new things to do on their boards.
henryjviveiros May 02, 2012 at 01:56 PM
"our kids" will get to use it when the "kids" from fall river and surrounding towns get tired like it was w/the previous tennis courts
henryjviveiros May 02, 2012 at 02:02 PM
the short answer is YES YES & YES to all of the questions we had the same problems when it was a tennis court It also went into disrepair maybe the towns who will benefit most from it should help w the taxes who is paying the liability ins. will we be held liable if a kid from out of town gets hurt?
henryjviveiros May 02, 2012 at 02:08 PM
NO do you expect that the town will pay someone to stay there until 11 to enforce the rules would you like to volunteer?
henryjviveiros May 02, 2012 at 02:12 PM
can we keep it just for our kids? NO since the playground was inpart fund w/federal grant money it must be open to all I had the same problem when it was a tennis court
henryjviveiros May 02, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Yes gen in a few years from now it will be less packed and then our kids might get to enjoy it "if it doesn't go to pot" like the previous tennis courts did
Jenn L. May 02, 2012 at 03:11 PM
This is crazy. This only means good things and revenue for Tiverton. You want to keep out non-Tiverton residents.....what's next? Saying only Tiverton residents can eat at our restaurants? And get gas at our gas stations? And drink our coffee? And go to our new grocery store? It's the same thing. Maybe the solution is make people get a membership, free for residents and very reasonably priced for non-residents, just like at South Shore or Fogland. This would help to pay for the up keep of the park and help keep out all that "riff raff" from Mass.
Dean May 03, 2012 at 03:36 AM
I have no idea what the tennis courts have to do with the subject. There are some kids and also adults who are going to destroy things. That is the cost of creating diversions for our young people. Hopefully their use of the park, and yes, any tennis courts that are built with the taxpayers money, will be appreciated by the majority of young people. Yes, "henryviveiros", there will always be kids who do not appreciate what has been planned properly and put into place, but we all need to make sure that the children who do appreciate those things have those things to remember as they grow older. Do you remember when you were a kid? Do you remember good things that happened at your local park. I do. Please give the kids and the park a chance. It has been available to the kids for only one week. Let us not jump to conclusions. By the way, some kid is going to spray paint one of the transitions at some point. Should we take the park away from the innocent appreciative kids for the actions of one person? I hope the best for everyone including the taxpayers, and many thanks to the individuals who have unselfishly raised money in the past for this best of diversions.
bobby martineZ May 04, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Ok so you can't come to Cape Cod and use our beaches.... get over it. It's a PUBLIC PARK.
bobby martineZ May 04, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Thank you!!!!! YOU GET IT!!! Maybe people need to wake up to facts like this......maybe that's why our economy is down the tube right now.....because of blind rage and egoism.
David Nelson May 04, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I strongly support our new skateboard park and jhave placed an item on mondays town council meeting to address funding to promote it's use, though competive events, etc. I am familiar with the operation of a skatboard park as a family memeber owned a big one in Seekonk in the early 80's. I am very concerned about safety of the skaters as injuries are common, though preventable through use of proper safety gear and education. Take a look at the pictures here and look for helmets , elbow pads , gloves and knee pads. head injuries in particular can be extremely danagerous. Please come to the meeting monday night at the town hall or contact me at dnelson20@cox.net

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