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Arrested skateboarders see charges dismissed

The Lynch Family Skatepark in Cambridge. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Two skateboarders who were arrested for trespassing — and one for resisting arrest — Sunday at a Cambridge skate park had their charges dismissed this week, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office.

Askia Burns, 24, of Boston and Derek Hanlon, 27, of Boston were arrested by State Police at Lynch Family Skatepark Sunday night in an incident that sparked confusion about nighttime access to the park.

Burns and Hanlon had been charged with trespassing, and Hanlon faced an additional charge for resisting arrest, according to State Police.

According to prosecutors, the court found Hanlon not responsible on the charge of trespassing and dismissed the resisting arrest charge.


The charge against Burns was dismissed earlier this week.

A new set of lights was installed in the park last week, allowing skaters to see where they are riding until they shut off automatically at 9 p.m. every day.

Around 8:26 p.m. Sunday, a State Police trooper arrived at the park and asked the 30-plus skaters who were using it at the time to leave, citing the dawn-to-dusk hours of operation that the park had enforced before the lights were installed, according to State Police spokesman David Procopio.

“A trooper was making a routine check of Lynch Skate Park in Cambridge, a DCR property, and observed numerous people still in the skate park well after dark, in violation of the park’s closing time,” Procopio said in a statement.

But between the time the lights were installed and Sunday’s arrests, there was confusion about the park’s closing time, as many skaters concluded that since the lights were on, the park’s new operating hours were in effect, according to Armin Bachman, owner of Orchard Skateshop in Allston.

Hanlon’s arrest was recorded by several other skateboarders and posted to social media.

This Wednesday, the DCR installed a new sign noting that the park is open until 9 p.m.


Andres Picon can be reached at andres.picon@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andpicon.