Skate park grand opening

A ribbon cutting ceremony was recently held in Middletown Township

After years in the making, the Middletown Township Skate Park is officially open.

The township marked this special occasion with live music, a ribbon cutting ceremony and, of course, a lot of skating at an event held on Nov. 9.

The original Skate Park at Middletown Community Park was closed in 2015 due to damage and safety concerns, leaving the skaters in the community without a major attraction. In the years since, the community has worked hard to bring back this important feature.

Residents and businesses, especially Waste Management and Brian’s Harley Davidson, helped raise money, and the township received a grant from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to help fund the project. A local firm, 5th Pocket Skateparks, completed both the design and construction, which began this summer.

“Our community has wonderful facilities for recreation, including fields for baseball and soccer, but it is important that none of our youth are left out,” said board of supervisors chairperson Tom Tosti. “I am very proud of everyone involved in making sure that skaters in Middletown have the same opportunities as those with other interests.”

As the ribbon was cut, dozens of people grabbed their skateboards and enjoyed using the new facility.