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Skatepark Plans on Hold, Retail Shop to Open

Cinnaminson could still be in the running, but owner is focusing on the retail outfit first.

In a perfect world, the April 1 opening of the Black Diamond skate shop on Main Street in Moorestown would be a precursor to the reopening of the  at the Moorestown Mall.

But since it’s not a perfect world, the skate shop will have to do for now.

Black Diamond owner Dan McCollister said attempts to find a new location in South Jersey for the skatepark have not panned out—.

“What we’re left with is a long-term plan to open the skatepark in South Jersey,” he said, mentioning a possible site on Route 130 in Burlington Township. “We have a three- to five-year plan, versus a three- to six-month plan.”

On the bright side, McCollister is just two weeks away from opening the skate shop, which will be a carbon copy of the retail side of the Moorestown Mall location, offering skateboards, snowboards, ski and snowboard rentals, skateboard and snowboard tuning (waxing, sharpening), as well as plenty of apparel.

The shop is right next door to , just down from  and . 

McCollister said when he found out he’d have to close the mall location—so mall owner PREIT can make room for its —he knew right away where he wanted to relocate.

“The first option, by far, was to move up to Main Street … I really liked the Moorestown area,” he said.

He expects to keep most of his clientele, so don’t be surprised if you see a lot of young people coming and going, which might raise some eyebrows in a downtown that doesn’t offer a lot of youth-oriented retail. 

But McCollister said anyone worried about roving gangs of skateboarders causing trouble on Main Street need not fear.

“What we are going to do is hopefully provide some structure,” he said. “Instead of hanging out on the street corner, possibly causing trouble, they can come to the Diamond.”

Besides just giving kids a place to hang out, McCollister said the shop will have a small art gallery, featuring photographs and drawings/paintings of action sports, as well as a back dock they can chill out on. 

“We’re very youth-friendly,” he said, describing the staff at the shop as kind of like cool chaperones.

“You tell a kid, ‘Don’t do that,’ they’re going to laugh at you,” he said. “Whereas, when we tell a kid, ‘Don’t go skate in the street,’ it has more warrant. We’re one of them, so to speak.”

For obvious reasons (no skatepark on site), Black Diamond won’t be able to continue offering skating lessons. However, McCollister said his instructors have offered to teach at the David Gentile outdoor skatepark at , so he’s looking into that. And he also mentioned a cross-promotional deal is in the works to offer lessons at Black Diamond’s skatepark at Franklin Mills Mall.

McCollister hasn’t quite figured out exactly what hours the skate shop will keep, but said 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday sounded about right. 

The skatepark at the mall will close March 31. Leading up to the closing, McCollister said they’re hosting several competitions. Call 856-235-5800 or visit their website for more information.

AnoninCinna March 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Christina - I notice that Mr. Minniti picks and chooses what questions to answer. It only makes sense that he could answer a simple follow-up question that was in direct response to what he stated. But I understand his game.
Silvia March 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM
And anyone reading this understands the games you play as well. Mr. Minniti represents and works for the tax payers of Cinnaminson and until you identify yourself with a name and address, I don’t blame him for not answering to you or any other anonymous person. Nobody elected official ever addresses anonymous sources and they shouldn’t. It seems that he chimes in when there is so much misinformation, some of what is being deliberately spread, is running amuck. He tries to bring clarity at times and I appreciate that. This is not your personal Q and A session!
Committeeman Anthony Minniti March 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM
@Anoin, I will be happy to re-state my policy regarding comment on the articles. I do not engage in debate nor will I conduct Q&A sessions on blogs, comment sections, or on the internet. On occasion, I will sign on to make a clarifying statement if I think it provides insight to the subject of a published article. The other instance where I will comment is if intentionally misleading information is being posted by anonymous "sources" and is causing unnecessary concern and confusion among residents. In that case, I have a responsibility to ensure that the correct information is being provided. Outside of those situations, the only appropriate forum for general Q&A is at our public meeting where you stand up, state your name, address, and question for the record and I will be happy to answer your question. Your question and my response will become public record and all residents have the benefit of our interaction. When I came onto Committee in 2002, we expanded public comment portions in both our regular and executive sessions and our regular meeting continues to be televised on Comcast cable access channel 28. Cinnaminson has long been a leader in transparency and every resident has the protected right to stand up, speak their mind, and question Committee on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 7:30pm. I hope to see you there.
AnoninCinna March 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM
It is a shame that Mr. Minniti cannot answer a simple question here on Patch. Whether I am anonymous or not is not the issue. I asked a question in response to what HE posted. The constant evading of direct questions and "smoke and mirrors" games are very telling.
Tim Durkin March 20, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Not nearly as telling as your continuing to post and make accusations under a hidden name. Talk about smoke and mirrors, you want identify yourself, why should anyone take any stock in anything you say or question when it is unclear who you are and what your agenda is?
AnoninCinna March 20, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I asked a simple question in response to Mr. Minniti's comments. It was stated here on Patch that the Township could not legally "court" or seek out businesses to come to town. Now Mr. Minniti states that he "aggressively courted" the skate park to come here. I was asking for clarification. No smoke and mirrors here, Tim Durkin, just trying to get some information. But as usual, Mr. Minniti dodges the question and hides behind rhetoric. If he doesn't want to answer questions or respond to residents on an online site such as this, he shouldn't be posting on Patch as a "Committeeman". Plain and simple. And as far as identifying myself Mr. Durkin, I've heard that the Committee, Mr. Minniti in particular, does not take too kindly to being questioned or challenged, especially in a public forum. I'm not willing to risk that type of retaliation. And the last time I checked, Patch does not require posters to use their real names. Perhaps you should take your concerns regarding anonymous posters with Christina.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) March 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Anon, No, we do not require posters to use their real names. All you need to do is contact Mr. Minniti directly to answer your question. I don't think that's too much to ask. I have never once reported the township could not legally court or seek our businesses so you are mistaken there. If you are talking about a comment someone made, well that is just someone's opinion. I have not interviewed any township official on that subject. Too many times we get off the topic of the story at hand because people are mad township officials don't answer their questions. This is not an official forum. Direct your township questions to the township officials in the right capacity.
will smith March 21, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Retaliation from Comittee, really? thats going a bit far in my opinion.
Silvia March 21, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Retaliation…are you serious? What do you think this is, Boardwalk Empire with Mr. Minniti playing Nucky Thompson? Get real, this is Cinnaminson.
Sarah March 25, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Hilarious. Seriuosly Nancy how many times are you going to throw out that "sarcasm is a weapon of the weak" comment? Come up with something clever for a change.
Nancy VanTwistern March 25, 2012 at 07:15 PM
For SARAH.........since there was no 'reply' under her post...may I say, Sarah, does the truth hurt?? Are you jealous that I just might be 'CLEVER'....have did it apply to you, may I ask??? Stay on subject Sweety@!!
Dan Reynolds March 26, 2012 at 03:15 AM
You don't seen to understand the commenting system and how it functions. To comment under a reply, press "reply". You can not reply directly to another reply, only to a parent comment only under it. See, now your comment is out of context. Just hanging out in the wind. All alone and sad.
Dan Reynolds March 26, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Nancy are you aware of how the commenting system works here? Sorry if its too "clever" for you.
Dan Reynolds March 26, 2012 at 03:21 AM
It's Ok Sarah. Nancy could not figure out how to leave you a comment here.
Nancy VanTwistern March 26, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Dan, Sarah and Ross.......It's ok with me...............play your silly games...only 'children' have to keep pushing an issue..........too bad you can't use you brains for anything comstructive. I rest my case...
Nancy VanTwistern March 26, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Dan, open you eyes..........not every comment has a 'reply' section under it...again I say, open YOUR eyes
Dan Reynolds March 26, 2012 at 03:32 PM
So in one post, you claim we play games, and we don't use our brains. Yet you still can't understand how the "reply" button works. My eyes are open. You're suffering from MindLock <tm>.
Nancy VanTwistern March 26, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Right now Dan, if you read your 'post' you will see that in the bottom right corner, there is no 'reply'.......therefore.....I didn't reply as no 'reply' to click on. I admit, I am not that computer literate and am elderly and retired. WHAT IS YOUR EXCUSE for being on the computer so often? Retired/unemployed.........not that I care...but it is all getting childish ...............
Sarah March 26, 2012 at 05:54 PM
You truly are hilarious whether you intend to be or not. Your posts always give me a good laugh. Keep em coming!!
Dan Reynolds March 26, 2012 at 07:08 PM
"Whats Your" excuse Nancy? Perhaps I'm retired. Perhaps I'm jobless. Perhaps I'm living in your basement. Again, the "complicated" commenting system seems to have you all flustered. And STILL you have no idea how to reply.
JustAThought March 26, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Justin thinking out loud. Maybe someone said this already, I gave up on reading all the other comments. How about an under the road tunnel for areas like this? I am not sure about cost and things. I know they are used in other states to safely cross highways, something well lit, equipped with emergency call boxes, ramps leading in and out of the tunnel? This might not be feasible, but something to look into. Several college campuses use them as well.
JustAThought March 26, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Sorry "Just" not Justin
Ellie A. March 26, 2012 at 08:06 PM
JustAThought, You mention a road tunnel but there's already an overpass right there. Why would a tunnel be needed? Ellie.
AnoninCinna March 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Nancy - just ignore Dan. He is the resident Patch troll. He has a bizarre fixation with the reply button, and attacked me over the same issue - I did not have a reply button below some comments either, and Dan so kindly diagnosed my computer as having a virus. I have reported him to Patch again, as he continues to police the comments over minutiae and spam them with drivel.
Dan Reynolds March 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Laughable. Like I ever "attacked you". Sorry, I guess this commenting system is JUST TOO COMPLICATED. Life is too hard sometimes ya know? I know you all rule here in your little imaginary kingdom while you all cower behind fake user names. http://www.picgifs.com/job-graphics/job-graphics/housewife/huisvrouw03.gif
JustAThought March 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Just an idea cause some of the pther people posting seem to think children and teens wont use the over pass, as its too much work to climb some stairs. A tunnel could be more "convenient"? For lack of a better term.
AnoninCinna March 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Yes Dan, life is hard. But at least some of us have lives. And also why some of us really don't spend inordinate amounts of time trying to learn the intricacies of the Patch commenting system and berating others for breaching proper "use of comment button" etiquette, as you apparently have. And a little hypocritical to bash others for using "fake user names" when yours is the same, don'tcha think? ;)
Dan Reynolds March 26, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Oh I have a life, My name is my name. Seriously. It just makes peoples comments easier to read, flow if you will. If you want to make a point, you can try to keep things neat and tidy, or you can just post at will spawning new thread processes, mucking up the process of the board. That's all. It's not hard to understand the pattern is it? Or is it?
Nancy VanTwistern March 27, 2012 at 11:34 PM
There's a saying, something about suffering 'fools' ... well???? poor boy
Nancy VanTwistern March 27, 2012 at 11:37 PM
spawning?? or is it 'spewing' ..... seems more like that Dan, with you... I'm done.. no more need to post regarding this issue.........I don't suffer fools.....etc. etc. etc.

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