Monday, May 13, 2013
Mullen didn't damage any park benches during his demonstration.
Professional skateboarder Rodney Mullen visited Westwood during 1986 for a demonstration, as seen in the video above. The habits of skaters in Veterans' Memorial Park have irked some borough officials lately as they have damaged benches dedicated by local families and skaters may soon find the benches unskateable once additional armrests are installed. Mullen, who is best known for pioneering many of the basic moves popular with skaters, did not use any benches during his 15 minute demo. Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Jim Leggate at Jim.Leggate@patch.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Westwood Councilman Peter Grefrath said skateboarders damaged memorial benches in Veterans' Park twice this year.
Westwood officials are taking new measures to prevent skateboarders from damaging benches in Veterans' Memorial Park. The borough will install armrests in the middle of the memorial benches to stop skaters from sliding their boards along the seats, Councilman Peter Grefrath said this week. Grefrath previously reported that benches in the park had been damaged, then reported more damage after they had been repaired. "When all is said and done, it's vandalism," Grefrath previously said. The new armrests come at a cost of $148, which will be paid for from the donation account used to buy the benches. Grefrath said he was unsure whether the price for families looking to dedicate benches would increase in the future. The armrests should be …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Benches in Veterans' Memorial Park have been damaged twice so far this year.
Seven memorial benches, dedicated by local families to deceased loved ones, were damaged this week, according to Westwood Councilman Peter Grefrath. It was the second time skateboarders damaged benches in Veterans' Memorial Park this year. "I am totally aware that none of it was done on purpose," Grefrath said. There is no law against skateboarding in the park, though damaging public property counts as a "violation of the peace" under borough ordinance. On some of the benches, the damage was minor paint scuffing left by the boards, according to Mayor John Birkner. Others were "damaged down to the metal," he said. Repairing the benches the first time took about five hours, according to Grefrath. Some of them may need to be sent back to the …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Westwood officials said they would investigate ways to prevent skateboarders from performing tricks on the memorial benches.
Skateboarders have damaged four memorial benches in Veterans' Memorial Park, according to Westwood Councilman Peter Grefrath. The benches were purchased by local families as memorials to deceased loved ones as part of a borough program. Families donate $1,700 for the benches in Veterans' Park or $900 for benches in other parks. "I'm not really happy with skateboarders damaging memorial benches," Grefrath said. Officials said chipping on two of the benches could probably be repaired by borough employees, but two others may need to go back to the manufacturer for repair. The damage was not purposeful vandalism, they said, but appeared to have been caused by skateboards being slid along the bench edges because of chipping and multicolored …