Many thanks to the skater's grandmother we met in Rhode Island yesterday, who told us about Eastern Pulse, an indoor skatepark in Milford, Connecticut. Sk8terdad took Sk8terdude there this afternoon, since I was skateparked out and busy with OlderBrother, who needed to finish collecting data for his (required) school science fair project.
And many thanks also to Sk8terdad, who dutifully took photos and reported back with details.
The park is about 6500 square feet, smaller than some, but a fun skate (reports Sk8terdude). According to their website, the park "features 5' kidney shaped pool, mini ramp, rails, wallrides, rollers, hips, boxes, and pyramids." Not bad for a Sunday afternoon.
The "parent lounge," on the other hand, leaves a little something to be desired...
Less of a lounge and more of a loft above the skatepark, the word on the street (or, in this case, the text message from Sk8terdad's iPhone) was that the lounge was cold and a little lacking in some standard amenities. Neither of the two televisions were working although Sk8terdad was able to access the internet through the park's wifi. And there's only one bathroom for everyone at the park, which Sk8terdad reports was really dirty, which might explain why there were no moms in sight.
Of course, if you're a teenager, you might find that the lounge is exactly what you're looking for, as it did boast an air hockey table, a foosball table, and a great view of the giant skull painted on the far wall.
Sk8terdude put in about two hours at Eastern Pulse, which may be our go-to place for the remainder of the winter, with Haven reporting on Facebook that they may be closed until the end of April. Although Eastern Pulse is smaller than Drop In, it's considerably closer to home.
Meanwhile, the weather report is for warmer temperatures over the next ten days. Maybe the snow will melt and the outdoor parks will be able to open before March ends...