Skateboarders in Brick will soon be in for a treat, officials say.
The skateboard park at the Drum Point sports complex, which has often been subject to litter and some vandalism, will be closed down after a new, state-of-the-art park is built across town.
Mayor John Ducey said this week that the new skate park will be constructed at Bernie Cooke Park, located near the western edge of Burnt Tavern Road behind the Wawa store on Lanes Mill Road. Work on the skate park – and Bernie Cooke Park as a whole – will begin after the Garden State Parkway interchange 91 project is completed.
“It’s going to be state of the art,” Ducey said, adding that the park’s more visible location will cut down on some of the issues that were experienced at the Drum Point location.
“The current one is off the beaten path, there’s a lot of garbage there and our guys clean it up every three or four days,” said Ducey. “There are a lot of bottles there.”
Like all of Brick’s newly-renovated parks, Bernie Cooke will be equipped with security cameras. But most importantly, the skateboard area itself will feature all new equipment, replacing the aging and rough surfaces at Drum Point.
“It’s been designed and we’re just waiting to have the Parkway finished and we can start over there,” said Ducey. “It will be state of the art, brand new, so you’ll enjoy it when it’s there.”