Written by Nicole Mouradian Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00
At the town board meeting in May, the Town of North Hempstead voted to issue a request for qualifications for a skate park designer. SNAPP (Skateboarders Need A Park in Port) prepared and sent out a detailed questionnaire to the local skateboarders to get their opinion about the type and style of park they wanted. They then hosted a “design session” where approximately 20 skaters showed up ranging from 13-20 years of age, sharing their real-life experiences of what type of park will flow best and benefit the community for years to come.
“Bobby Oppenheim, Joe Antonik and I took on the ‘Park Design’ assignment and completed a thorough search and review of the county’s 50 plus skate park designers and builders, narrowing down to who we believe to be the best six or seven,” said Robert Laker the director of SNAPP. The options for designers were then submitted to Councilman Pollack to be sent to the town’s Request for Qualification (Skate Park Designer).
Howard Cohen has taken on the position of “Government Liaison,” managing communication between SNAPP and the town in order to speed up the process of moving forward and to set up a SNAPP Advisory Group. The SNAPP Advisory Group was an idea brought up by Jim Kallenberg during the April discussion with Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilman Fred L. Pollack. “The Advisory Group is to assist the town by offering educated skate park design and construction support during the process,” said Robert Laker.
“This extraordinary project will give young people a safe environment to skate and socialize, which will benefit the entire community,” said Councilman Fred L. Pollack. “The Town Board’s action shows that we are committed to moving forward,” Councilman Pollack added.
As of this time, the Town of North Hempstead is in the process of issuing a bid sheet to select a qualified designer. In a previous statement to Port News, Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman said, “The Town of North Hempstead has been committed to the construction of a skate park for some time, although the original timing was delayed due to the recent economic collapse. The project is now gearing up and we are ready to go.”