When the skate park in Victor C. Waryas Park shut down for repairs in July 2016, the Bennett family lost their weekend escape.
The family from Pleasant Valley had spent entire days under the sun at the City of Poughkeepsie park, with mom holding onto the juice boxes and dad skateboarding right alongside their young kids. But with the park closed, they found themselves making the roughly 40-minute drive to another skate park in Gardiner.
Since their favorite Poughkeepsie park re-opened to the public about a week ago — the culmination of nearly a year of repair work — the family has made more than one trip back.
“We’re ecstatic the city worked with the skaters,” said Jessie Bennett, 36. “Because it was the skaters who did this — they fixed it up.”
On Saturday, the reopening of the skate park will be marked with a celebration hosted by members of the Facebook group Save the Poughkeepsie Skate Park, a collection of park supporters who raised money for repairs and carried them out. Among the problems at the park were gaping holes in the plywood surfaces of skating ramps.
Mayor Rob Rolison said the city had closed the park when its Department of Public Works deemed it to be unsafe. After that, he said several “friends of the skate park” began working to gather funds for repairs.
The Department of Public Works had little involvement in the project,…
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