Free Spirit Skatepark - Beach Haven NJ

 
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Free Spirit Skatepark - Beach Haven NJ

General Information

Skatepark Name
Free Spirit Skatepark
Size (square footage, no comma)
18250 square feet.
BMX
  • no
Opening Date
August 06, 1977
Open / Closed
  • Closed
Free or Pay
pay
Inside or Outside
outside
Are Pads Required?
yes
Riding Surface?
concrete
Is there a pro shop on site?
yes

Location

Address
North Bay Avenue, Beach Haven, Ocean County, New Jersey, 08008, United States
Postal Code
08008
Latitude
39.57
Longitude
-74.24
City
Beach Haven

Contacts

Managment
  • Private

The first iteration of an amusement park that still stands today.

Free Spirit Skatepark was met with pushback from locals when construction permits were granted in mid-1977. Locals complained "You're letting our town turn into a honky-tonk!"

Despite complaints, the Richard and Thomas Hartman began building the park in July of 1977 and were finished in roughly one month.

The park contained slaloms and snake runs and by all appearances was very lumpy.

By 1978, the Hartman brothers razed the park so they could install rides but the city issued an ordinance against street parking around the site because "a lot of children go there and pop out in front of cars."  The Hartmans sued the city and won, eventually turning Free Spirit into Hartman's Amusement Center. It was the only place on the 18-mile island that had carnival rides.  The Center stayed open until 1985 when it was sold to new owners who converted it to Fantasy Island.

Videos

Commercial for local bar includes Free Spirit footage

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