For the second time in two years, skateboarders are asking town leaders to make improvements to the skatepark at Miford Town Park.
An online petition started by a Milford teen, Morgan Callahan, is collecting signatures. Once it reaches 70 signatures, according to the petition, the organizer will present it to town officials.
The skatepark had some unofficial improvements a few months ago. A man, who was not identified by the petitioner, created some new ramps for Milford skateboarders. But the ramps, crafted of wood and heavy plywood, are now falling apart.
The petition asks town officials to make some improvements, to create a safe and inviting place for the skateboarders. A similar petition that began earlier this year was never presented to selectmen.
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Teens and young adults riding skateboards often get kicked out of spots around Milford. Signers of the petition say the reason they head for and other sites is the shabbiness of the skatepark, a section of Milford Town Park created from a former tennis court.
"Everyday, skateboarders, bikers and rollerbladers are getting kicked out of areas around Milford for doing what they do, but who is to blame?" Callahan wrote, in the petition. " This town needs a safe environment for kids to do what they love and not get in trouble for it."
Other signers have left statements of support including: "We need to skate and the park is un-skatable," and "It will give kids better things to do then get into trouble."