Skate park brought back to life with artist’s effort

Skate park brought back to life with artist’s effort

Artist Brian Trainor and his “happy dog” Zaeda at the Glocester Skate Park. (Breeze photo by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

GLOCESTER – Colorful bubbles in shades of purple and green bounce around the halfpipe platforms at the Glocester Skate Park, signifying the completion of a year-long project by local artisan Brian Trainor.

Trainor took it upon himself to approach the Town Council for permission to paint the skate park ramps at Glocester Memorial Park, 52 Adelaide Road, when he noticed its “dismal” appearance back in 2017, when he moved into town.

It was a long process, he said, that wasn’t approved until late 2018. He got to work in early summer of 2019, prewashing the concrete platforms in the park and painting a bright yellow “happy” primer.

Trainor often brings his dog, Zaeda, to the park behind the Glocester Senior Center for runs. What he saw was the gray concrete layered with gray squares used to cover graffiti. He said he chose to use an informal “universal art” painting style to give the park a happy, welcoming feel.

“I had this idea of using lights and no patterns. No set formula so some spots float and others stick out,” Trainor said.

The project is well received, Trainor said. Some kids even asked him to decorate their bikes, and he said he’d lend them the paint to do so.

“As an artist, I make people look at things from a different perspective. I make things better for the community by making art,” he said.

“I want people to look at this and interpret it differently,” Trainor said.

The town did not need much convincing from Trainor, who is a photographer who worked at the Biscayne National Park in Florida, and prides himself in his “public art.” Around the same time Trainor began working last summer, he placed his vinyl-covered bicycle art pieces around town, which were well received.

Still, Trainor said he would like to see more repairs at the park. A fresh layer of paint on the recreation building across the street is desperately needed, he said, and the skate park itself could use some attention.

Some joints from the halfpipe to the concrete slab are lifted and could cause injury to young skaters, Trainor said. The basketball courts next to the skate park have large strips of grass growing up through the surface.

“The community deserves a better park,” Trainor said.

Town Council president George O’Steere said a new grant obtained by Town Planner Karen Scott will do just that. He said plans are still in the works for the scope of the project, and admits it is in a state of disrepair that “needs to be spruced up a bit.”

“We’re not sure what the final outcome will be, we’re still throwing a lot of plans around,” he said.

As for the skate park, O’Steere said the volunteer project was great, and that Trainor took a park that “was looking pretty bad,” and “he certainly turned it into a greater interior surroundings than it was.”

O’Steere said the town is also planning on re-opening the Glocester Senior Center in the coming weeks on a small-scale basis.

The project began last summer with Trainor sitting under an oversized umbrella to avoid the sun. He worked between four to five hours a day using paint he found at a discounted rate.

For his next move, Trainor is looking for another public art project for the summer of 2021. His work can be viewed at www.BrianTrainorPhotography.com , and he plans to hold an exhibit at the Greenville Public Library next spring.