NUTLEY, NJ - More than 750 people have signed a petition drafted by township resident Mike Celona on Change.org to build a skate park within the township. 

According to Celona, "Nutley has so many amazing park features such as playgrounds, courts, fields, etc but the only thing the Nutley parks is missing is a skate park."

He stated that "Skate parks reduce illicit behavior, provide a safe space for recreation, reduce damage to private property, provide physical activity and health/mental benefits for all ages, and also local economic impact. Nutley Outdoor recreation needs to consider a safe space for a skate park so cyclists, skaters, scooters, rollerbladers, parkour, etc have a place to exercise in their town."

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In his argument for a skate park, Celona claims that popularity of cycling, skateboarding, and rollerblading is 23.5% among those aged 6 and older, compared to 21.2% for court  / field recreation. Celena points out that skateboarding is being introduced in the Olympics. 

The petition states, "Nutley has many abandoned tennis courts, large unused parts of parks, tucked away unused space etc that would benefit from having a skate park.   To consider funding, we could also start small, and slowly build the skate park to fit the needs of the community.   With skate parks being so adaptable,  any budget can work and the limits are endless! We could create programs, seminars, events, jobs, etc creating revenue for our town.  A skate park is a necessary addition to the already flourishing Nutley Recreational center and growing community."

Residents interested in electronically signing the petition can do so on Change.org Nutley NJ Skatepark

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