WEST ORANGE, NJ — A resolution awarding a contract to the American Ramp Company to create a skate park in West Orange with all the necessary equipment and concrete padding for the amount of $169,031 was passed at the mayor and council meeting this week.
The park will be built in Jenkins Park, which is at the end of Rose Terrace in the rear of the Fire Headquarters building.
According to John Sayers, business administrator, this is a “perfect location” for the skate park.
“We’ve been looking for different locations for about eight years," he said. "We felt it would be a good location for the skate park because it’s right behind the fire house.”
He added that the firemen can keep an eye on the skate park, and that there will be a camera on the fire house that will help ensure that the park is being used safely.
During public comment, resident Clare Silvestri asked the council to table the resolution regarding the creation of the skate park in Jenkins Park, which she said was not widely known within the township. She added that Kevin Keogh, of the West Orange Planning Board, should have spoken about this issue in more detail at the last council meeting so that both the council members and the public would have more information on whether this is the best location for the skate park.
Krakoviak, who was the only council member to vote against the resolution, said that although the skate park is a good idea, this is not the time to build it. His reasoning for this is the recently increased debt service to cover new “essential” equipment for the police and fire departments.
Although funds for the skate park were authorized years ago, Krakoviak said he would not want to authorize additional debt at this time for what he viewed as a non-essential item.
Pictured is Father Miguel Hernandez, lead pastor of the Holy Trinity Church, begins awareness campaign with his church on the importance of checking water quality throughout West Orange.