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C.L. Mulligan Skate Park

Local Newtowners want to honor Christopher Lee Mulligan in renaming Newtown Skate Park as C.L. Mulligan Skate Park.

On November 28, 2012 during night rush hour, Newtown lost an 18 year old due to a terrible car accident. Christopher Lee Mulligan, was born in Taegu, South Korea on February 5, 1994, he was the son of Brian and Laura DiDomenico Mulligan. He had attended Newtown High School. Christopher enjoyed skateboarding and could often be found at the Newtown Skateboard Park. He was an artist and creative writer. He held a Second Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and was looked up to by the youth he taught at the American Institute of Tae Kwon Do in Monroe. In addition to his parents, survivors include his family and many many friends.

There will be a meeting on January 8th 2012, at 6:00 pm in which I (Michael Trevail) will address this to the Recreation Council Board. If you would like to join, please email me at: miketrevail@icloud.com. I spoke to the Recreation Director on December 06, 2012 and she didnt have a problem with it but just like anything, it has to be presented to the Board.

There is an online petition and we need 100 signatures in order for this to happen. You must be a resident of Newtown/ Sandy Hook/ or Botsford. If it goes through, the Newtown Skate Park would be known as the C.L. Mulligan Skate Park. Lets do this in his honor!!

Please click on Change.org to sign the petition. 

Thank you Newtown!

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Richard Hooker December 08, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I don't know if I feel this is appropriate, considering his torrid history. He may have been a good person, but his history was not a staple for example of good behavior.
James December 08, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I will sign
Newtown mom December 08, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I feel terrible for this boy and his family but I agree with you Mr. Mann. I feel that to name a Newtown park after an individual who recently burglarized a local business would be in poor taste and a mistake on the part of the Town.
Michael Trevail December 08, 2012 at 11:35 PM
RICHARD MANN...Look at J. Edger Hover... they named a building after him and he wasn't the greatest person in the world. Thats not the point. Please put comments that support the cause. We know Chris had challenges but what teen doesnt. If you knew about it, did you ever lead a hand? Give Chris Coffee and just lend a ear? I didnt think so.
Da Face! December 09, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Terrible accident. Parks should be named after contributors to society. A park named after him is not appropriate.
Mnm73199 December 09, 2012 at 03:47 AM
J. Edger Hoover...really? You mean one of the instrumental founders and the very first director(for over 35 years) of the F.B.I. Yes what were they thinking naming the F.B.I headquarters in Washington D.C. after him?
Newtown mom December 09, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Mr. Trevail... I am sure your intentions are good but you are very misdirected. Everyone feels sorry for this child and his family - this situation was a terrible, terrible tragedy - but, seriously, what kind of message does it send to our children if the Town of Newtown names a park after a known druggie and thief??
Jacqueline Jensen December 09, 2012 at 05:31 AM
This is such a sad story and my heart goes out to the Mulligan family. I am sure friends of Chris are still raw with emotion at his passing. However, I agree with Newtown mom and feel that more thought needs to be put into what naming a town "facility" implies. No, I did not know Chris, but I have looked up people's names (like Mr. Dickinson) when parks were named after them before to see why they were given such a special honor. I would like the names of parks & such in Newtown to meet high standards so as to suggest to our youth (in this particular case) whom they might wish to aspire to be like. I sign this with respect toward Chris' family & friends and I am sorry he didn't have more time to turn his life around.
Michael Trevail December 09, 2012 at 09:58 AM
Mnm73199.... What's your point? Don't you know your history?
Maria Sabla December 09, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I agree.
Ross MacDonald December 09, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Chris was an avid skateboarder and helped raise money for the skate park. More importantly, he was a great kid and had a positive impact on a lot of peoples lives. Celebrating and honoring that by naming the park after him is a great idea. That's why I joined the many other people who recognized that and signed the petition.
David Rosato December 10, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Give Chris a coffee or just lend an ear - I don't think so, you have to earn respect. Naming a park after him is just wrong on so many levels.
Daniel Snyder December 11, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Please explain these levels to me. Chris had so many problems. He really lead a troubled life. But did you ever meet him in person? Despite his misguided mistakes he positively impacted many Newtown youths. Nobody saw him as a role model that they should try to imitate, but many saw him for the good-hearted kid that he was. By naming the skate park (which I doubt you ever use, or even see) after him, we would be honoring his good side and forgiving his mistakes.
Newtown Teen December 26, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Newtown mom, the kids that go to the skate park, were all his friends... the skate park belongs to them. the skate park belonged to chris because chris belonged there. Everyone there is mourning his death. have you seen the memorials there? You did not know him so I understand why you feel the way you do. But, I feel that the people who go there everyday and the people that actually use the facility and are mourning the loss of a great friend should have more of a say in this. I don't understand how naming a teen facility after the loss of a teen who touched the hearts of about every teen in town really affects you... I mean correct me if I'm wrong here...but renaming a town skate park for teens doesn't affect you.
Michael Trevail January 07, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Newtown Teen, I do know Chris and know his parents as well and yes I have seen the memorials at the park and at the corner of where he lost his life. I also know that there are some other things that will be at the skate park in memory of Chris life. Chris was also in my EMT class and I and the other 444 + people have signed the petition. "renaming a town skate park for teens doesnt affect you". It does actually affect me because like I said, I knew Chris and I have been involved with Element Skate Camp in California and know how important a skate park is to us skaters.
Newtown Teen January 28, 2013 at 10:23 PM
There's a misunderstanding. What I wrote was to Newtown Mom who posted her harsh opinion on what you are trying to do. Michael, Chris was a friend of mine. I am all for what you are doing

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