Friends and family members of Billy Schettino are taking a grassroots and a tech savvy approach to getting a skate park built in the Blue Point resident’s honor.
Supporters will hit the streets in Blue Point this Saturday to get signatures on petitions asking county lawmakers help fulfill the dream of Schettino's to turn the abandoned Blue Point Laundry property on Park Street into a skate park.
The two-acre property, known as "The Wastelands" to skating enthusiasts, has been dormant since the county took over the land in 1998.
Schettino helped build small ramps using his own money and supplies for skateboarders to use at the site, but skateboarding is officially prohibited at the site.
Supporters are also busy planning a fundraiser at Restaurant Blue on July 1 to help raise money for the Schettino family, according to Donna Cannon, a board member and secretary of the Billy Schettino Memorial Park Project.
“We have already started the petitions, we have quite a few so far,” Cannon told Patch. “We also have an online petition at change.org which 4,700 people have signed.”
This door-to-door effort, she explained, is to make sure that all residents near the park know about the effort and support the park idea.
“We already have some, but we need to get everyone on board,” she said.
The petition states "that everyone who has signed supports the Billy Schettino Memorial Park Project and it's plan to build a safe and clean park where kids and families can meet in Blue Point, NY."
The 18-year-old Schettino was killed March 14 after his car became stranded on the Long Island Expressway near exit 59 in Ronkonkoma. He was standing outside of his car when he was struck by a Suffolk deputy sheriff's car, according to reports.
The 2011 graduate of died from his injuries at Stony Brook University Medical Center. He had been heading to class at Suffolk Community College when his 2011 Mazda became disabled in the HOV lane after it was sideswiped by another vehicle.
The fundraiser event at Blue, will feature food, music and raffles. There will be a Chinese Auction, a 50/50 raffle as well as a 60" Plasma TV, an IPAD 2 and a Kindle Fire raffle prizes. Event starts at 6 p.m., raffle drawings will begin at 9 p.m..
“It's going to be a great night,” said Cannon.