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Manchester skate bash postponed until Sept. 23 due to rain

Manchester skate bash postponed until Sept. 23 due to rain
Manchester Skatepark Project organizers Patrick Hill and Matthew Freyer stand atop a new feature at the Manchester Skate Park at Christmas Tree Park called "the hip." (Contributed)

In addition to other sports affected by recent rain, the Manchester Skatepark Project had to cancel their End of Summer Skateboard Bash last weekend.

The event has been postponed until noon to 6 p.m. Sept 23, when skaters from Manchester and beyond are welcome to join MSP in the unveiling of new skate park features that have been installed over the summer as part of MSP’s second phase of renovation. Phase I consisted of cleaning up dangerous aspects of the park and installing obstacles.

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“People are loving it,” said Manchester Skatepark Project member Matthew Freyer. “One thing that makes me realize this is a success is seeing skaters from other parks coming here. And it’s happening.”

The bash will be like others MSP has hosted since taking on the responsibility to fix the park earlier this year — with fresh food off the grill, contests, games and giveaways.

Since May, MSP has raised $9,437 through its GoFundMe campaign. The organization’s original goal was to collect $5,000 to renovate the park, Freyer said this week. But then upon realizing there were a few big donors and lots of community support, MSP raised its goal to $15,000 with aspirations to use high-quality material, he said.

Still collecting money to complete Phase II, the collaborative will also be selling MSP stickers, wax and griptape at the bash to support upgrades and maintenance to the skate park.

More information on the event and updates can be found on the Manchester Skatepark Project Facebook page.

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