The Fanwood Borough Council voted unanimously Monday, November 18th, 2013, to allow the Recreation Commission to move forward with construction of a new skateboard park inside the abandoned skate-hockey rink at Forest Road Park. The skateboard park has been the subject of public debate since it was first proposed earlier in the year. A boisterous public meeting in October revealed concerns by people who lived in the vicinity of the park.
Skateboard Park Approved by Fanwood Council
The skateboard park will be constructed inside the former street-hockey rink in Forest Road Park. The rink, enclosed by a chain link fence, has fallen into disrepair and is currently not used. Recreation Director Bob Budiansky said the idea for the park began as a way to renovate the old hockey rink and create an area for Fanwood’s many teenagers to skateboard safely. Budiansky said the skateboard facility would be financed by a $62,000 grant from Union County matched with $62,000 of locally generated funds– a combination of tax revenue and proceeds from Recreation Department activities such as the 5K run and building rentals. More info can be found here.