Rotting conditions cause shutdown of Anson skate park

11:37 PM, May 14, 2013   |    comments
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ANSON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A skate park in the town of Anson that has become to expensive to repair will be shutting down.

Susanne Lamb, built the park seven years ago in memory of her son, Damon Lasley, who died in a dirt biking accident in 2004. The addition to the town, called Damon's Dream Memorial Skate Park, became a hot spot for kids every summer when it would open for the season. Sharif Abdelrihim was one local skateboarder who took advantage of it over the years.

"When the park opened there was like 30 kids here every single day for a long time," said Abdelrihim. "This place was packed."

That won't be the case anymore though. This year the park's gate will remained locked due to the amount of damage Maine's winters have caused to it's jumps and ramps made primarily of wood. Lamb says she can't keep up with the rising cost of repairs needed, but is hopeful that someone will  take it over in the future.

"It's a great place that I believe really should be for the kids and give them something to do," said Lamb. "Keep them safe, happy, out of trouble."

The skate park is on the property of the Garrett Schenck Elementary School, which is part of RSU 74. According to the superintendent of that district, Kenneth Colville, what to do with the vacant property will be discussed during the next school board meeting scheduled in June.

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