The Quincy skatepark needs lights; skateboarders ask for city support
QUINCY – The Quincy Skatepark was very busy until late afternoon and early evening on Saturday, but it’s a much quieter place in the winter. Skateboarders are forced to stop when the sun goes down, leaving the concrete park and its passionate skateboarding community in the dark.
On Saturday, the City of Presidents Skate Jam brought skaters from Quincy and beyond to raise funds and awareness of the need for lights so skaters could use the park after the sun went down.
Jason Chan of Quincy, one of the volunteer organizers of Saturday’s event, said the skatepark, which was renovated in 2020, isn’t being used as much as it could be.
“We’re a good group,” Chan said. “These children deserve lights.”
The skaters took part in games and competitions on Saturday, including the fastest lap on a board. The event, run entirely by volunteers, also featured a raffle with items from local businesses.
Chan said a strong skateboarding community rides in the park. Older skaters teach new tricks to younger ones and “everyone celebrates everyone else,” he said.
There’s no specific fundraising goal in mind for the lights, but Chan said he’s raised around $1,000 so far. He said he hopes the donation will set the ball rolling for a deeper conversation with the city.
A community comes together
Joseph Phan, from Quincy, comes to the park almost every day after his desk job and has built up a network of friends ranging from 12-year-olds to skaters in their 40s.
“I have a healthy selling point that can get me moving,” Phan said.
Thomas Hardy of Quincy said the community is working together to keep the park clean, including an Earth Day event. Hardy said he wants to see the parks and skating community thrive for many years to come.
“The more we do to preserve it, the longer it will last,” Hardy said.
Chan said he is grateful for the work of the Quincy Park Division. He worked with the city to plant trees near the park to provide shade. Chan said park users are looking for continued support to install lights.
Tommy Wren, co-owner of Cape Cod Skateboards, said he was happy to support the park’s cause and donated skateboards — the part that skateboarders stand on — for the raffle.
Wentzle Ruml, retired pro skateboarder and co-owner of Cape Cod Skateboards, attended the event.
“It’s about passing the torch,” Ruml said.
Learn more about events at Quincy Skatepark on Chan’s Instagram, @skatestills.
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