The Branford Skate Park phase I is now complete and the public is invited to a grand opening Saturday, at Hatch Park in Branford at 10 a.m.
Branford Health and Fitness owner Bill Procko, whose efforts and tenacity have made the skate park project a reality, brought the designer and builder, Tony Misiano of Misiano Skateparks, to give the update for the park’s progress at a recent council meeting.
Procko said he was expecting several skateboards from a company in California that he wanted to have available to raffle off Saturday. The money would be used for phase II of the park’s construction. They’re also trying to bring a couple of pro skateboarders to demonstrate to everyone what could be accomplished or aspire to do at the new park.
The last cement pours for phase I were completed last week.
Director of Hatch Park Craig Timberlake said he would open up the double gate back by the water tower for the grand opening and Procko said the Subway restaurant owner told him he didn’t mind if park goers used his back parking lot at the south end of Hatch Park.
Town council president Charlie Daniel thanked both Procko and Misiano for their positive, upbeat attitudes through the park’s visualization and construction process.
“Feels like we’ve known you for a long time,” Daniel said, laughing.
See an updated story in Friday’s edition of the Branford News.