Park opening kicks off with kickflips

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Despite the rainy weather Brick Township Mayor John Ducey hosted the grand reopening of Bernard J. Cooke Memorial Park and the new Brick Township skateboard park on Thursday May 23, 2019. Here skateboarder Jordan Beverly from Point Pleasant Borough takes part in riding the new concrete skateboard park. (MARK R. SULLIVAN /THE OCEAN STAR)

BRICK TOWNSHIP — Bernie J. Cooke Park officially reopened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday, as the highly anticipated skatepark opened to local skaters for the first time.

Stormy weather was no deterrent for skateboarders looking to test out the new ramps and rails, with some coming for the opening from as far off as Boston.

Mayor John Ducey, along with township council members Jim Fozman, Andrea Zapcic, Paul Mummolo, Arthur Halloran and Lisa Crate, was present to introduce the park and officially open it to the public as he cut the ribbon.

At 6.5 acres, Bernie Cooke is the largest “pocket park” in town. In addition to the skatepark, the park features a number of new amenities. The entire park is ADA compliant as well, and offers recreational opportunities for residents of all ages.

“The amenities include a 250-foot softball and baseball field, a basketball court, playground for 2- to 5-year olds, a playground for 5- to 12-year olds, a gazebo shade structure, a Trike path where children can learn to ride their bikes or tricycles on the street, a picnic area, security system, a walking path and our skatepark,” the mayor said.

Roaring cheers erupted from the crowd at the word “skatepark,” which the mayor said was one of the most frequent requests the town has received.

Mayor Ducey thanked all of the residents in the Parkway Pines community for their patience over the years of construction and renovation, but assured them that now “This is your neighborhood park.”

The skatepark is the first concrete skatepark in Brick Township, and was built by 5th Pocket Skateparks, from Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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