240 George Ryder Rd.
Chatham, MA (Cape Cod)
Ever heard the expression "You can't get there from here?" Well, the Chatham skate park isn't "right off the highway". Persevere and ye shall find. Chatham is on the "elbow" of Cape Cod.
The park can be hidden by the trees in the Spring and Summer. If you get to the airport, you've gone about 500 feet too far - turn around. The park is opposite the intersection of George Ryder Rd. and Indian Hill Rd. there's a large dirt parking lot with plenty of room.
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Located next to the small Chatham Airport, the Chatham Skate Park was moved from a local elementary school to being expanded upon in it's current location. A monster half pipe was donated and good souls regularly maintained it. An 8 foot extension was added, but that's all gone now. Gone as well are the many quarter pipes around the outskirts and the two mini pipes by the entrance.
Natural deterioration, aided by morons who like destruction and fire, led to the demise of all the wooden structures, leaving the concrete bowl the only skateable part of the park. Money was promised in the spring of 2006, but the rotting structures and rusted metal funboxes remained. On October 14, 2006 I happened to drive by and see a flurry of activity - unheard of in this dilapidated park. I pulled in and found a crew assembling ARC ramps and hauling away the rotted remains of the park Zered Basset used to skate - yeah, the pro on Zoo York. He grew up in this area.
The monster half pipe has been torn down and removed. The concrete bowl is still amazing. Now you enter the gate to find a 5 foot mini ramp with a quarter pipe on the backside. A pyramid/funbox links the run into a slanted quarter pipe. There is a picnic table with leading launch ramp and a funbox with a set of small stairs and a rail. All the new ramps are pre-fabs from ARC (American Ramp Company).
Having had the second snowfall in as many weeks, I trudged into the park to show those basking in the Cali sunbelt what a New England skate park looks like in the winter.
Just in time for the hollidays... grafitti and a home-made obstacle.
The monster half pipe is gone! I can only hope it will be replaced, but I think the town has labeled this upgrade project "completed".
New Ramps, although...
Being in New England, I'm not sure if October is the right month to install new ramps. It seems as though last April would have been a better time, but what do I know about Chatham's town funds? Nada. In any event, it's nice to see that they have put some attention into their once great park and installed new ramps.
I would have preferred larger ramps that were "built" as opposed to minis that were "assembled", but at least there's something to skate now. The current ramps are made by ARC (American Ramp Co.) and are the most durable in their product line, the Pro model.
Sadly, this once great park is in ruins with the concrete bowl being the only really skateable piece left.
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