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July 11, 2013

Sprinkler pad, dual roller skating/ice skating rink among features at Charlestown’s Family Activities Park

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The facility also includes a 75-foot-by-150-foot concrete roller skating rink with a large overhead shelter. Hall said the rink can be converted for ice skating by inserting synthetic ice sheets, which will make the park accessible when temperatures drop. With the skating rink’s dual roles, Hall expects it will be available to the public about 10 months out of the year.

On the opposite side of the facility is a large open-grass lawn where Hall said a miniature golf course will be constructed. He said it hasn’t been determined if it will be an 18- or 36-hole course, but he expects it to be completed by July 27.

Plans are to add a digital leader board to show the scores of the those playing on the course to the south side of the park, which faces the miniature gold course. Hall hopes to host winter miniature-golf events to extend the facility’s utility throughout the year.  

“It’s been fun,” Hall said of the two years’ worth of work leading up to opening day. “I have enjoyed it. From one standpoint, I’m glad it’s done. But I’ve enjoyed having our city workers and the contractors out here putting the project together.”

Hall said he was happy to finally see the arrival of the project’s most important element: community members.

“It was designed to have kids here, so, today, being able to see the kids does make it special,” he said.

The city will host a private ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening for area leaders July 27. 

A second grand opening will be held for the public, but the date has not been set.

The park is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Hall said once children go back to school, officials will revise a new parks schedule leading into fall.

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