Nashua Aldermen approve skate park name

David Deane honored with key to the city

Hannah LaClaire David Deane (center), with the Division of Public Works, cut the ribbon to officially open the new David W. Dean Skateboard Park in Nashua.

NASHUA – Former Aldermen David Deane was honored Tuesday night when the Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to formally name the new city skatepark after him.

“You do things in life for a reason,” Deane said. “Everybody is here for a good reason.”

Deane was behind the effort to first build the city skatepark off Bridge Street, and backed the plan to move the skate park when the area off Bridge Street was slated for

residential development.

“We always have to remember our kids, because kids are our future,” Deane said.

The new park is on Stadium Drive near the Public Works garage. It occupies a space about 175 feet long and 130 feet wide in a spot close to Stellos Stadium, the YMCA of Greater Nashua and the boat ramp on the Nashua River near the Mine Falls Park gatehouse. It opened earlier this year.

The new location became needed when the city partnered with Renaissance Downtowns, a New York-based development firm, to make way for a mixed commercial and residential development on 26 acres of city and privately owned land off Bridge Street.

The Renaissance site, where construction is nearly complete, is a half-mile from Main Street and lies along the Nashua and Merrimack rivers near Veterans Memorial Bridge, the eastern gateway to the city. Renaissance Downtowns has estimated that development in the area would generate more than $2 million annually in tax payments, 300 construction jobs and 200 permanent jobs, and $60 million in retail sales.

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