Dylan J. Baker

Staff Writer

MANCHESTER - A committee was been established to oversee the creation of a new skate park for Dana L. Thompson Park. The committee met for the first time on Oct. 1.

John O'Keefe, Manchester's Town Manager, attended the meeting as more than 25 people, young and old, showed up in support of the skate park. At the meeting, Huck Gibson, a local Manchester resident, was appointed chair of the new committee.

Gibson has previous experience creating a skate park that will prove beneficial in creating the one here in Manchester. He was co-founder of Stoner Plaza Skate Park in Los Angeles, Calif., one of the most used skate parks in West Los Angeles. The name Stoner Plaza comes from the name of the street the skate park is located on.

"The biggest part of the project, right now, will be matching up funds," said Gibson. "The planning and budgeting is crucial. We are going to shoot for the stars and do the best we can."

There will also be a team - known as the "Strike Force" - that will be in charge of ranking the current ramps on the skate park. They will decide which ramps will be kept and which ramps are the least favorable. Those ramps can then either be discarded to used as material


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