Recently, on a sunny, Saturday afternoon in Chester, a very special event and dedication took place in which a new skateboard park was opened to the public at the Pinnacle Recreation Area on Lover's Lane.
Jinxrel Memorial Park was opened on September 19, to honor the lives of Max Cancellieri and Shawn Forbes. The date was also Max's birthday.
Shawn was a Chester boy who spent many afternoons with friends at the old skatepark, while Max was a gifted artist and skateboarder who also spent many hours riding the old Chester ramps.
Max also shared his love of skateboarding by helping many young riders learn the craft.
Also, through his art, he shared his belief in the power of love with countless young people around the world.
The opening of this special facitily is the culmination of several folks' dedication, hard work and yes, love.
Launched over a year ago by Steve Nelligan, who is the Chester Recreation Director, he orginally planned the project which included everything from painting and putting up fences and signs, to phone calls and fundraising.
Others' contributions included artist Nancy Ball, who created a painting of Chester for the first fundraiser, also Jay Spahr, Ben Cyr and Nick Woytuk, who designed the skatepark.
There is also Dan Zimmer, who built the park and Jack Dowd, who along with Anna Jonynas, gifted the park with an amazing statue and sign which names the facility.
And last, but certainly not least, there is Laurie Cancellierri, the mother whose love for her son and whose Jinxrel Foundation along with the Tony Hawk Foundation, gave the cornerstone donations to see the park completed.
During the opening ceremony, Nelligan spoke of the love and dedication which consumes the opening of the skateboard park.
"The name Jinxrel honors both Shawn Forbes and Max Cancellierri," Nelligan stated.
"These two young men struggled with love and life, but their love of skateboarding only required that they put the board to the ramp and ride.
"As parents and as a community, we love our children and know sometimes they struggle.
"With this park, we celebrate their lives and the freedom and joy they feel when they skate. We celebrate friendship, achievement and fun.
"Today we dedicate the Jinxrel Memorial Skateboard Park to the children and the community of Chester, and to Max and Shawn and their families."
Nelligan also thanked the many people who helped make this worthwhile project possible, including the local band The Aberation, as well as Mr. Jack Dowd for his amazing sculpture donation.