By LINDA G. RASTELLI
At Long Branchs Skateplex recently, a four-year-old boy in long shorts, t-shirt and oversized helmet stands hesitantly atop a ramp with one foot on a skateboard almost as long as he is tall.
As other kids go sailing down the incline, the reluctant boy’s father tries to coax him to do the same.
“He crashed last week, and now he’s scared,” the man says, explaining that his son had suffered just a few minor scrapes. Still, he adds, his son “begs to come here every day.”
That’s why the former Sea Bright resident, who asked not to be identified, says he supports a proposal to build a $367,000, state-of-the-art skate facility in Sea Bright.
“Theyre going to skate anyway,” he says of the kids zooming up, down and across the Skateplex, “and better here than in the street.”