Jarred Newallo imagined a skate park in Hempstead Village, Long Island, NY where kids could safely practice their tricks and form a close-knit community around the sport.
Jarred was killed in a sanitation truck crash in Hempstead on Friday June 20, 2014 at the age of 25, just after he attended the Citroëen Rendezvous at Saratoga Springs. (We posted this In Memoriam at the time).
Aside from Citroëns, one of Jarred’s passions was trying to get a Skateboard park built in his hometown. He worked with several community groups trying to make it happen. After Jarred’s passing, the Mayor of Hempstead, Wayne Hall, contacted Jarred’s father William Newallo, saying that he wanted to build a Skateboard park and dedicate it to Jarred. On September 17, 2018 construction started. A concrete bed was prepared and precast concrete ramps were put in place.
Weather permitting the Jarred A. Newallo Memorial Skateboard Park should be completed by mid-October and an official opening is planned for April near Jarred’s birthday.
It’s been a long time coming and the Newallo family are very pleased. William tells us that he will send pictures of the progress and invite anyone who is interested for the opening day.
Update – March 23, 2019: The opening day celebration for the park will be April 27 @ 12 pm. The address is:
Kennedy Memorial Park
335 Greenwich St.
Hempstead, NY 11550
Update – April 28, 2019: The Grand opening for the Jarred A. Newallo Skatepark was yesterday. Everything went well although it was a very emotional day. Here is an online article about the event from Newsday; https://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/skate-park-newallo-hempstead-1.30347319
And this is a link to News 12 Long Island TV news coverage:http://longisland.news12.com/story/40379192/skate-park-dedicated-to-sanitation-worker-killed-in-2014-crash