Monday, May 20, 2013
Donations from Rotary, efforts by third grade student help the park near the $15,000 needed for new acrylic coat.
The Save the Chatham Skate Park Committee is more than two-thirds of their way to their fundraising goal of $15,000, thanks to recent donations. Mimi Mehta said the committee has raised $12,000 of the $15,000 needed for a new asphalt surface at the skate park. "The asphalt surface at the park remains deteriorated and bumpy. A principal reason that park use had dropped off in the first place is because of the condition of the asphalt," Mehta said. The Rotary Club of Chatham, Madison and Short Hills recently donated $1,000 towards the new asphalt surface. President Jack Higgins said, “The park provides a much-needed place for older children to spend free time practicing a sport they enjoy.” This is not the first time local Rotarians have …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Donations are still needed for the committee to reach their goal of $15,000.
Mimi Mehta, Mary Rohe and the rest of the Chatham Skate Park Committee have been hard at work in recent weeks to reach their $15,000 fundraising goal. After Mehta, Rohe and other advocates of the park got the committee to agree to authorize their fundraising efforts, volunteers have worked to raise awareness in the community of the need for a new asphalt surface at the skate park. "The asphalt surface at the park remains deteriorated and bumpy. A principal reason that park use had dropped off in the first place is because of the condition of the asphalt," Mehta said in a recent press statement. A bumpy asphalt creates a safety hazard to skaters and poses a danger that the skate park may continue to decline in use. "In order to ensure a …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The committee needs help with a new corporate sponsorship program, a logo contest, social media and website management.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The grant is contingent on the public donating the rest of the $15,000 needed for park repairs.
Wednesday, February 27
The Chatham Athletic Foundation (CAF) has pledged $5,000 to help repave the Chatham Skate Park, according to township resident Mimi Mehta, one of the parents who has spearheaded the efforts to save the park. "Although usable, the asphalt surface at the park remains deteriorated and bumpy," Mehta said in a written statement. "The Chatham Township Committee has authorized the Chatham Skate Park Committee to raise $15,000 for a new long-lasting acrylic skating surface." Mehta and Mary Rohe, a borough resident who has also been dedicated to saving the sate park, reached out to CAF for help. CAF agreed to provide a grant for $5,000 to start off the fundraising. The grant, however, is contingent on the rest of the $15,000 for the renovations …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Two local women spearhead fundraising efforts.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Township committee agreed to endorse fundraising efforts to come up with $15,000 for a special acrylic coating.
Chatham Township Administrator Tom Ciccarone said he has invited the township's insurance carrier to come inspect repairs made to the Chatham Skate Park in hopes the carrier will allow the park to reopen by Friday, Feb. 8. "I don't see any reason why they wouldn't allow it to reopen, since we've fixed the problems that made it close in the first place," Ciccarone said. Repairs were made by the township's Department of Public Works using material already in the township's possessions. The only cost to the township was for the personnel, Ciccarone said. The repairs made were to the ramps and the skatelites, the top cover of the ramps. The Chatham Township Committee also unanimously approved a resolution supporting the fundraising efforts of …
Two local women lead the fight to save the park.
Mimi Mehta and Mary Rohe are determined to save the Chatham Skate Park, which has been closed since August on the advice of the township's insurance provider. The skate park's future is listed as a discussion item on the agenda for the Jan. 31 Chatham Township Committee meeting. The committee will determine whether to contribute to repairs for the park or to close the park permanently. Department of Public Works Director John Pacelli said the skate park needs a new asphalt deck, fasteners and intense renovations, all of which he said could cost between $50,000 and $100,000. Mehta and Rohe say the cost of the repairs will be much lower. They estimate between $15,000 and $25,000 is needed, an amount they hope to get from the committee. "We'…
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Mimi Mehta and Mary Rohe are collecting signatures for a petition to save the skate park, only one within a 25-minute drive of Chatham Township.
In the weeks since Mary Rohe and Mimi Mehta appeared before the Chatham Township Committee and asked them to rebuild the Chatham Skate Park, the two have been hard at work collecting signatures for a petition to that same end. Mehta and Rohe discovered the skate park was closed when, on separate occasions, they went to drop their children off at the park as summer ended. Signs on the park gate said the park was closed, but gave no explanation why. The two later learned that the township's insurance provider advised the closing when structural damage was discovered in the park. The half-pipe shows visible cracks and other signs of wear and tear. Department of Public Works Director John Pacelli said the skate park will need a new deck, …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The township's insurance company demanded the town close the skate park until it can be renovated, which could be up to $100,000.
The Chatham Skate Park could close permanently without up to $100,000 in renovations. Department of Public Works Director John Pacelli said the skate park will need a new deck, fasteners and intense renovations before the insurance company, which closed the park in August because it was structurally compromised, will allow it to reopen. "Unless we remove everything, [renovations] won't work," Pacelli said. The park has halfpipes and equipment which can be used by both skateboarders and inline skaters. Original costs of the park in 2003 were about $200,000, about half of which was raised by volunteers. The rest was contributed by the township. Pacelli estimated the park would need between $36,000 and $40,000 in materials, plus manpower. "…