Brick Township officials have cut the ribbon marking the opening of the town’s new bike and scooter park at the Drum Point Sports Complex, and by day one, it has already proven wildly popular.
Parents watched Tuesday as their youngsters performed tricks, flips and took on barrels and other obstacles. A few “were just showing off” for Shorebeat’s camera, as one parent put it, with a chuckle.
“Thank you to American Ramp for constructing the park and creating a great facility for residents to gather, work on new skills, and make new friends,” the township posted on its social media feed after the ceremony.
“It’s a really nice setup – I’m glad they have something like this in town,” another parent said as he was helping pack his kids’ equipment into the family SUV.
A bike and scooter park already existed at the site – the location of the township’s old skate park before it was moved to Bernie Cooke Park on the opposite side of town during a series of park renovations. The new park could only acommodate skateboards, however, and the equipment left over at Drum Point was considered old, and also needed to be upgraded for safety purposes. The township council unanimously voted in favor of awarding the $418,036 contract for the new facility to American Ramp Company, of Joplin, Mo. in the spring, and it was recently completed over the last few weeks.
The park features curved loops and other equipment designed to help specialized foot-powered bikes and scooters perform tricks and other acrobatics.
“It was a request that came into us shortly after the skate park opened, and we wanted the opportunity to build a park all of our residents can enjoy with their bikes and scooters,” Mayor Lisa Crate said.