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Participating in a July 21, 2018, United Bikers of N.H. ride to benefit the Kevin Peare Memorial Skate Park were (from left): state president and founder Guy Putman, Kevin's Mom Anna Peare, friend John Hubbard of Jon Hurteau Heating Services; Kevin's sister Caren Wiggin, and local president Billy Donatelli. (COURTESY PHOTO)

CONWAY — Selectmen March 12 unanimously supported a proposal to locate the Kevin Peare Memorial Skate Park off of Hemlock Lane near the proposed rec path.

After Kevin Peare died in 2017 at the age of 31, his mother Anna Peare and sister Carin Wiggin began devoting time to building a memorial skate park in his honor.

Kevin was a Mount Washington Valley native who spent 12 years with Rockingham Electric in both Conway and Newington. He had plans to open a skate park in Conway and that he and his friends had been fundraising for that.

Selectmen, last week, were asked for their blessing to locate the park off the east end of Hemlock Lane. Hemlock Lane is off the same North South Road roundabout as Walmart

"The skate park folks were excited about the location," said Town Engineer Paul DegliAngeli at the selectmen's meeting. "The pathway folks thought it was a good fit; kids could come from North Conway village down the pathway on their skateboards to the park."

The Mount Washington Valley Trails Association is working on a recreation trail that is to begin at Hemlock Lane and go 2.8 miles to Cranmore Resort. Eventually, they would like to see it span from Bartlett to Fryeburg, Maine.

DegliAngeli said the selectmen needed to be in favor of the location before they ask the New Hampshire Department of Transportation for permission because it would be in the NHDOT's right of way for the long-proposed Conway bypass, which will probably never be built.

"I've talked with some of these folks in the past and I think the goal here is to find a home for the thing and then they can go about fundraising a little more aggressively," said Selectman Carl Thibodeau. "Right now, they are fundraising for a black hole. If they had a place to park it they would do better with their fundraising."

Selectmen voted 5-0 to support it.

The fundraising has been going on since September 2017. The skate park committee with non profit status has raised over $30,000 by grassroots fundraising.

To find out more about the Peare Skate Park, go to Kevin Peare Memorial Skate Park on Facebook.

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