Skate park, closed by fire, will reopen Friday

Insurance will cover the rebuilding of the shed and it contents.

The Aug. 23 blaze that destroyed the skate park office and closed the facility for two weeks. —Jeff Devlin photo

The skate park is due to reopen this weekend, after being closed two weeks following the Aug. 23  electrical fire that destroyed the park’s shed.

“We’re going to reopen on Friday, weather permitting,” Skate Park Director Linda Caponetti said.

“Insurance will cover the rebuilding of the shed and it contents. So, we are working on having a new building constructed. In the meantime we’ll be operating with bare bones. We’ve got a canopy,” Ms. Caponetti said. “We’re just going to be trying to keep the park available to everybody.

“Our skate lessons will begin on time,” she added.

The planned Pee Wee Ramp, Ramp I and Ramp II lesson programs will begin as scheduled next Tuesday, Sept. 11. People interested in registering may do so at the Skate Park or at the Recreation Center up until the day of lessons.

The park is now on its school-year schedule, with hours 3 p.m. to dusk on weekdays, and noon to dusk weekends and holidays.

The park will also soon be getting what Ms. Caponetti described as a “major upgrade” with the addition of a new “Stephan Wynkoop Memorial Ramp Section” made possible by contributions in memory of the late Stephan Wynkoop and also a “generous donation” by the Ridgefield Rotary.

“It’s going to be a quarter bowl section,” Ms. Caponetti said. “They are beginning construction next week. The park will be able to be open during construction.”

Stephan Wynkoop, who died in 2010 at the age of 21, had enjoyed the skate park when he was younger, and his family asked donations in his memory be directed to the skate park.

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