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    Framingham to hold grand opening for new skate park

    Framingham skateboarding enthusiasts now have a place of their own. The city recently completed construction of Framingham’s first skate park and on Thursday, June 21, is holding a grand opening of the facility.

    Located at Farm Pond Park on Dudley Road, across from the Long Athletic Complex, the new 10,000-square-foot skate park is designed to accommodate a wide range of skill sets from beginners to experienced skaters, and is also accessible to wheelchair users.

    The Farm Pond Skatepark, which connects with the Farm Pond Recreation Pathway, was designed by the landscape architectural firm Pillar Design Studios and constructed by Artisan Skateparks, according to Thomas Begin, Framingham’s deputy director of the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs.


    The department oversaw the $475,000 project with assistance from a Skatepark Advisory Committee that included city officials and community representatives, among them James McCarthy, a local skateboarder who had long advocated for the project.

    Thursday’s grand opening event, which coincides with National Go Skateboarding Day, will be hosted by All I Need World Team, a Boston-area professional skateboarding team. The event, free and open to all, will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony, professional demonstrations, giveaways, and a skate jam featuring members of the All I Need World Team.

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