On Friday July 20th, 2001 opening ceremonies were held for the new Manchester Skate Park, located on North Main Street. From changes in liability statutes to funding and land acquisition, the proposal and development of this new skate park had to overcome many obstacles. However, after receiving numerous letters from town residents pleading the need for a new skate park, the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department lent its resources, support and addressed these concerns. A public hearing discussed the advantages and disadvantages of developing a park of this type. More than one hundred residents showed up for that hearing. Research had to be done regarding location, design, equipment, safety regulations, and liability. In September of 1999 the committee, along with the endorsement of the Parks and Recreation Commission, presented their plan to the Manchester Board of Directors. Subsequently, the Board of Directors put the proposal out to referendum and in November of 1999, Manchester residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new skate park.