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Does Port Jeff Need Its Own Skate Park?

Area residents would like to see someplace for them to skate and bike.

Bikers say they have a problem in Port Jefferson.

Not the motorcycle riders who have long battled to get their fair share of parking spots and fight against the stigma that comes along with the helmeted, leather jacket crowd. These riders don’t have engines on their bikes, they’re BMX bikers pushing along under human power and their brethren, the skaters.

The owners of about the community of cyclists and skaters who feel there’s no place for them in the village. Co-owner Rob Micheline said that he wants to see better treatment for BMX bikers who get hassled for just doing what they love: riding. He said that bikers have to take the train all the way to the Greenlawn’s skate park to enjoy riding for the day.

"I think it would be in the best interest of the village to build a park and give these kids somewhere nice to go," said Micheline, who is a former pro BMX biker. "We have basketball courts, handball courts, tennis courts. Like everything else, extreme sports are second nature and no one wants to participate in it. If they were smart, they would."

The only place nearby that has a formal skate park is Inline 1 Sports Center on Route 25A off Crystal Brook Hollow Road in Mount Sinai. They allow BMX bikers to come in seven days a week but it could get a little pricey. According to someone who answered the phone there, to get into the park it will cost $60 for a first time membership fee and $20 per entry afterward. For non-members the cost is $45 for the first time and $25 per entry afterwards. Initial fees for members and non-members are good until the end of the year.

According to the Long Island Railroad website, a ticket from Port Jefferson to Greenlawn is $2.75 and for skate park access it is either $10 per session for non-resident use or $80 for a non-resident seasonal pass.

According to skatecity.com, the Greenlawn park is around 9,000 square feet and Inline 1 Sports Center is about 14,000 square feet.

So what do you think: Are the current options good enough or does Port Jefferson need its own skate park? Where would you put it?

Ralph April 19, 2012 at 06:07 PM
This sounds like a no brainer. Nothing is for free. If the Village creates a skate park, the taxpayers will have to pay for it. Since a facility in the hamlet of Mount Sinai, the next community east of Port Jefferson already exists, why reinvent the wheel? Use that facility. You say - but I have to pay for a membership! I say again, nothing is for free, someone has to pay. It may as well be the people that go BMX biking, and not the taxpayers.
Tom April 19, 2012 at 11:11 PM
No is the answer to anything the tax payer has to pay for. We pay enough now. If you want to have a park it must be taken care of by membership dues and no tax monies. Look at what the school taxes are doing to us. School sports should be pay as you go also.
S. Hawthorne April 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM
If a skate park is objected to solely on a refusal to use tax dollars for a resident facility, why is there no outrage against the use of tax dollars funding the operation of the Village Center? The cost differential between a potential skate park and the Village Center tips the balance in favor of the skate park.
Living in Brookhaven April 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM
When I rode years ago, it was in woods. We didnt pay, and we did what we could with what we had (the 80's-90s) These guys would love something close to them... It would concentrate advertising and bring clients easily. For years I wanted an auto / motorcycle race track back on the island. ANYWHERE. Dont look like that is happening any time soon. Inline is a nice place, and its local.
Tom April 22, 2012 at 10:29 AM
This is not the time for new things and added taxes. We must do with what we have and better yet cut back some. Let's get our head above water first before we talk about increasing our tax base to support a few kids and their bikes. If it ain't something the whole community can enjoy then my answer is no we don't need it.
Charlie May 06, 2012 at 04:52 PM
The Village Center was before the economy tanked, has a much broader appeal and many people were outraged when it was built. The fact is, someone opened a bike shop and wants us to build him a park to help bring in customers.
Matthew Lott May 06, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Bring back "midnight basketball"...if you're going to build a skate park, you might as well go back to the other failed "solutions" of the 1980's, all the way !
Justin kurz November 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM
a skatepark is a very reasonable request from the kids of our community.I strongly suggest that the town of brook haven should at least consider the fact that a skatepark will keep the kids from trespassing and destroying proprieties that do not belong to them, there for it will benefit the people of this town to have a new (FREE) skatepark!
Sean Meilick November 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM
I agree with justin and im in the picture yeaaaaaaaa

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