EDISON, NJ – Edison native Mike Vallely flew in from California as the special guest for the rededication of the newly renovated municipal skateboard-BMX facility at Papianni Park, across from the Municipal Complex.
"I’m super excited to come out here today since they redid the skate park,” Rich Petersen, owner of Prime Skate Shop said. “Everyone is coming out to see Mike V., who is a hero to all of us Jersey guys.”
There were more than 100 people in attendance, with kids and adults with skateboards, rollerblades, BMX bikes and scooters.
“I had a great time in Edison,” Vallely said. “The love and respect I received from my friends, fans and from the township, specifically the mayor, truly means a lot to me.”
Mayor Lankey read a proclamation that lauded Vallely’s achievements as professional skateboarder, musician, charitable work and his involvement within the community.
“The grand re-opening was a success,” Sal Della Fave, president PBA Local 75 said, “A special thanks to Pro Skater Mike Valley for coming out to support our park. He was no less than fantastic.”
Freeholder Charles Tomaro, an Edison resident and former councilman, reminisced about when the park was first built about 13 years ago and emphasized that it is most used park in Edison. He further stated that the park is not only safe because of its proximity to the municipal complex where police headquarters is located but it is ideally situated away from residential areas.
Edison PBA 75 pulled off a small barbecue cooking hot dogs and hamburgers. Tastee Sub Shop provided sandwiches and tee shirts. To round off the day Rita's Italian Ices provided a treat for all in attendance.
Vallely stayed and signed anything and everything, answered questions, took pictures and spoke with everyone.
“I’m proud to be from Edison and it will always be my hometown,” Vallely concluded.