School is just weeks away, and when it begins, the Andover Community Skatepark will remain open for kids to use after school hours.
From now to the end of August, the park will be open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 7:30 p.m. Once the school year begins, those hours will change to 3 to 7 p.m., or as long as light allows, daily, according to Glenn Wilson, assistant director of Andover Youth Services.
The park, located behind West Middle School at 70 Shawsheen Road, is a town-run facility organized, maintained and supported by Andover Youth Services. It attracts youth from around the area, and an admission fee and signed waiver are required to use the park. If it is raining, the park is closed.
Staff at the park are first aid- and CPR-certified AYS employees. For more information, visit andoveryouthservices.com.
The park will host the fifth annual Paul King Memorial Skate-a-Thon on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. King, who died in 2003 due to a sky diving-related accident, was a frequent guest at the park even though he was in his late 30s, much older than most of the park’s other patrons.