FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham’s first skate park opened last summer on the edge of Farm Pond.
The construction of the Skate Park would not have happened had it not been for District 8 City Councilor and former Town Meeting Member Judith Grove and former Framingham resident James McCarthy, both who served on the Skate Park Committee.
McCarthy had been fighting for a skate park since middle school. He’s now in his 20s. Grove began fighting for the park years ago. She brought the idea to Town Meeting, when Framingham was a Town, and fought for the park there too – eventually winning.
And the park is a winner with not only Framingham residents but many in MetroWest.
The skate Park had its grand opening on June 21, 2018, almost 3 years after Town Meeting established the 11-member advisory committee and allocated $50,000 for the design of the park in 2015.
In January 2016, the Skate Park Advisory Committee voted 7-1 to move forward with a “Farm Pond South” location for the skate park.
In May 2016, Town Meeting approved the construction of a skate park in Framingham.
The Skate Park Advisory Committee had recommended Town Meeting spend $400,000 to construct the park at Farm Pond, across from Loring Arena, but Town Meeting members approved $500,000 for the project.
The skate park was designed by consultant Pillar Action Sports Development, with input from skaters.