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RCA Exploring the Formation of a Formal Skateboarding Association

The ultimate goal is to have a skateboard park built.

Members of the Rockville Community Alliance are exploring the formation of a formal skateboarding organization in town.

The ultimate goal would be to have a formal skateboard park built, one official said.

"It would be a formal board to oversee the skateboard park, similar to Little League and youth soccer," said Thomas DiDio, a Town Council member and chairman of the RCA Skate Park Organizing Committee.

DiDio said the idea makeup of the association would consist of skaters, parents and town officials. He said the RCA would like to explore formal non-profit status for the board.

"Theoretically, we would like to have it in a public location, a popular location," DiDio said.

He said there are a number of grants the board could pursue. DiDio said he would like to sit down with U.S. Rep Joseph Courtney to explore options.

He also mentioned the Tony Hawk Foundation and Travelers as potential sponsors.

"We want to contact the foundations and the large corporations, but we also want to get the local business community involved," DiDio said. "Many smaller donations can build up to a large amount of money."

The RCA will typically shops off local skateboarders at its events. 

The RCA is scheduled to re-visit the matter at its Sept. 12 meting. A location has not been determined yet.

DiDio said a skateboard park would keep young people of of the parks and parking lots and off the steps of buildings if a park were built. He added the young skaters have thrown their support to a park.

He said RCA members cam across a slogan that summer up their goal.

"It said, "'If your town doe not have a skateboard park, your town will become a skateboard park,'" he said.

DiDio said RCA members may even want to invite other towns to chip in and then invite its residents to use the park as a regional service.

Cathy August 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Several years ago there was a loosely formed organization with the same goal. I'm thinking that it may have been connected with the Youth Services Bureau. The new committee should look into that so that the funds that were raised back then are used for the purpose for which tje were intended. It's a great idea!
Bert August 26, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Check with Wethersfield. Several years ago they were very sucessful in obtaining grants to build one without town money. They can also tell you about how much it is used, what the maintenance costs are, vandalism issues, supervision needs and other important things. Anything to keep kids off the streets is a good thing.
Mark Kalina August 26, 2012 at 03:49 PM
My nephew has used the Wethersfield skate board park. If I recall correctly they chose to use higher quality materials to build it to reduce preventative maintenance costs and extend the life of their setup. One aspect that should not be neglected and laid out in advance are liability/damage issues so there are no unpleasant surprises later. Wethersfield is a controlled environment with set hours in one of their town parks to help mitigate injuries and potential vandalism. If the users are given a sense of ownership/stewardship it helps to reduce unwanted problems as well.
Vernon-Resident August 26, 2012 at 07:31 PM
This is the first this group has heard about this. Does anyone have any additional information about the funding? Youth Services was at the table already and didn't bring this up.

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