Jacksonville Skatepark to close on January 6

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A skate park in Onslow County is closing next week.

City officials in Jacksonville say the Jacksonville Skatepark is closing January 6. All ramps and structures will be removed, disassembled, and stored.

The closure comes after a recent N.C. Court of Appeals ruling, that concerned the type of equipment at the Jacksonville Skatepark.

City and recreation officials say a case is being made in the Town of Swansboro. The case involved a child getting burned from metal equipment at the town’s skate park.

The City of Jacksonville is taking precautions by closing the park full of metal ramps. Even though no injuries have occurred at the Jacksonville Skatepark, according to City Recreation Services Director Susan Baptist.

“We want to be proactive on what we’re providing to our citizens and our youth that are out here,” said Baptist.

Two meetings are being held in January to discuss the park closure and the future of Jacksonville recreation services.

January 14: Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center Meeting Room from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

January 23: Jack Amyette Recreation Center from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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In light of a recent NC Court of Appeals ruling that concerned the type of equipment at the Jacksonville Skatepark, it has been determined that it is in the best interest of the City to remove the equipment and close the facility effective January 6.

The structures in the park are metal and will be removed and stored until the City can find alternates to address the need for a skatepark.

The City is engaged in developing a master plan for City recreation areas.

The public is encouraged to speak about their desire for recreation and park spaces during these public meetings.

Jacksonville Recreation and Parks public input sessions for master planning at City recreation and park areas:

January 14: Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center Meeting Room from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

January 23: Jack Amyette Recreation Center from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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