The following photo of Rob Zombie is from his Facebook page.
WOODBURY, CT (WFSB) -
A heavy metal rock star/horror movie director has taken issue with a skate park near his home in Woodbury, according to residents.
According to town officials, residents petitioned and held fundraisers during the summer of 2012 to get a skate park built in Hollow Park.
More than 250 residents signed an online petition started by Amanda Klimak to get the skate park built.
Many felt the skate park would provide children in town "exercise and entertainment" in a safe environment.
The layout for the skate park was done in the fall of 2012 and ground was broken on the project in the spring of 2013. The skate park was completed in April 2013.
When the skate park first opened, the hours were from dawn to dusk, which are the same as Hollow Park.
However, town officials confirmed they received a complaint from an unidentified resident, who is a neighbor of the Park, about the noise from the skate park.
Many people in town believe the person who made the complaint is Rob Zombie, who was the lead singer of White Zombie and director of Halloween and 1,000 Corpses.
However, Zombie responded to the controversy on his Facebook page earlier this week.
"It seems nuts to even have to address this but I guess I will. Some really crazy articles have popped up making claims about "hating skaters" and "hating children". None of this is true and it makes me sick that someone would print such lies," Zombie wrote on his Facebook page.
Zombie went on to say that he and town officials are trying to find a solution to "a simple matter," which will "make everybody happy."
However, Zombie does not say what the "simple matter" is, but many people in his feed commented about the skate park in Woodbury.
"Unfortunately someone decided to turn it into a whole ugly event. What a bummer," Zombie wrote on his Facebook page.
Since the complaint was made, several steps have been taken by the town to reduce noise at the skate park. The hours for the park were cut to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is now closed on Sundays.
A fabric has been put around the skating area to reduce the noise, residents said.
Many residents such as Klimak are upset about the decision to reduce the park's hours.
"It has been such as positive thing for our community," said Klimak, who has never met Zombie, earlier this week. "When the sun was shining, they (children in Woodbury) could be outside."
Woodbury First Selectman Gerald D. Stomski could not say who the resident was, but made a statement on the project's approval process.
"We had been advised by our former town planner that the skate park did not need to go in front of planning nor zoning since it already is a park and park and recreation is permissible use," Stomski said.
The park can be used for such activities as volleyball, baseball, basketball, checkers, horseshoes and fishing, Stomski said.
Klimak told Eyewitness News since children have started using the skate park, there "has been no incidents."
"They have done a wonderful job," Klimak said about the children taking care of the park.
At this time, it is unclear if any more measures will be taken at the skate park.
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