CHATHAM, NJ - Lafayette School friends Arjun Purani and Sam Kelliher came armed with 580 signatures on a petition and spoke during public commentary to make a case for saving the Skate Park at the Chatham Township Committee meeting held on Thursday night.
The Skate Park, located on Southern Boulevard, is scheduled to be removed to make way for 24 Affordable Housing Units. In response to inquiries, Chatham Township Administrator Robert Hoffmann said that there were three potential locations for relocation he wouldn't disclose - one in Chatham Township.
Purani, a 10-year-old fourth grader, and fifth-grade Kelliher, 11, each read a prepared statement in favor of finding a way to keep the Skate Park with Purani asking: "You need to ask yourself one question, do you want to make a kid's day or do you want to wreck it?"
Arjun Purani speaks to the Chatham Township Committee about the Skate Park
Sam Kelliher made his remarks before handing over his 580 signatures in favor of keeping the Skate Park
Hoffmann said there are three potential relocation sites for the Skate Park, noting that one was in Chatham Township in the video below.