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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-12-2018

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8 WOONSOCKET JULY 12-18, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION announce the closing of Craft Skate & BMX Shop," wrote Kirwan. "After five-plus years of advocat- ing for these athletes and the skate park, I found out that the city had no plans to create a finished, qual- ity, safe place for our children to practice (other than the donated equipment) and now they have pro- hibited BMX riders and scooters from the park." According to Public Works Director Steven D'Agostino, who spoke to The Breeze by phone on Monday, the policy change came about in response to concerns expressed by the Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust, which was due to begin covering the park under the city's insurance policy this week. Though the park was not originally included under the city's policy, representatives of the trust toured the park in March in anticipation of bringing the park under its policy. "When they first came down to tour the park, inspect the park, if you will, they gave us a list of things we needed to comply with," said D'Agostino. Those things included removing private equipment (Kirwan's) from the park area and posting safety rules and guidelines. In March, city officials posted signs reading "Skate park closed under renova- tions" until the liability concerns expressed by the trust could be addressed. "We have a responsibility, an obligation to the taxpayers of this city to make sure we are never in a position of liability," said D'Agostino. "We have to comply with all the insurance company's demands, and when they sign off and say that we're in compliance, then there's no longer an issue." Interlocal Trust Executive Director Ian Ridlon clarified that restricting use of the park to skate- boarders and in-line skaters was a recommendation by the trust to city officials, not a condition for cover- age under the city's policy, but that the trust supports the city's decision to exclude BMX bikes and scooters from the park. According to Ridlon, the presence of bikes and scooters in a small park designed for skate- boards poses a safety concern, and the trust would recommend that the city designate different use times or create a separate area of the park if they decided to allow bikes in the park. "We're weighing users' safety. We're trying to make it so that peo- ple can use this and be safe at the same time," said Ridlon. The explanation wasn't satisfac- tory for park advocates, who claim the term "skate park" is gener- ally inclusive of all wheeled sports and that many parks around the country, including some in Rhode Island, allow bikers and skateboard- SKATE PARK From Page One BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM DOMINIC CHUTE pops a wheelie on a BMX bike during an afternoon ride at the skate park in June. Under new regulations posted last week, bikes like Chute's, along with scooters, are no longer allowed at the park. Continues on next page Doors open 6 p.m. Dinner starts 6:30 p.m. Show starts 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20th, 2018 Savini's Pomodoro Woonsocket, RI Ask Charlene for reservations 401-762-5114 Italian Family Style Cuisine: Family Pasta Marina, Chicken Parmesan, Meatballs, Sausage Peppers & Onions. Coffee and dessert to follow. $39.99 per person 8% sales tax and 20% gratuity will be added to purchase. 508-514-9595 www.MattyBernier.com Summer Breeze Home Medical Equipment & Supplies Alpha Surgical, Inc. Alpha Surgical, Inc. Sports & Orthopedic Products • Ankle/Knee Supports • Back Supports • Exercise Products • Wrist & Night Splints • Hot & Cold Therapy • Compression Stockings • Diabetic Shoes & Socks • Hernia Belts and Briefs • Suspensory and Sports Supports • Arch Supports and Insoles • Orthopedic Pillows and Supports 1894 Smith Street • North Providence, RI 02911 Phone: 401-353-9090 Toll-Free: 1-877-762-9191 Fax: 401-353-1919 www.alphasurgical.com Most insurance accepted Open to the Public "Free Delivery" GO PA T ' S ! G O P A T ' S ! GO PAT'S! Knee and Leg Walker 1894 Smith Street • North Providence, RI 02911 Phone: 401-353-9090 Toll Free: 1-877-762-9191 Fax: 401-353-1919 www.alphasurgical.com Most insurances accepted Open to the Public "Free Delivery" Alpha Surgical, Inc. Home Medical Equipment & Supplies • Ankle/Knee Supports • Back Supports • Exercise Products • Wrist & Night Splints • Hot & Cold Therapy • Compression Stockings • Diabetic Shoes & Socks • Hernia Belts and Briefs • Suspensory and Sports Supports • Arch Supports and Insoles • Orthopedic Pillows and Supports Sports & Orthopedic Products

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