Worcester announces plans to replace demolished skate park

Published 01-27-2019

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Skateboarders in Worcester are getting a new skate park to replace the one abruptly demolished by the city six months ago.

City officials have announced that the new 14,000-square foot facility will be built at Crompton Park. A spokesman for the city manager says funding for the project will be considered as part of the 2020 fiscal budget presented to the City Council in the spring.

The city's former skate park under a pair of railroad bridges had been open for more than a decade, but was torn down without notice in July because the city deemed it a danger.

City officials said the park was a health risk, strewn with trash, in an area known for rampant drug use and near a homeless encampment.

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