Connecticut Shock Rocker Rob Zombie Hates Skaters and Loud Children

Connecticut Shock Rocker Rob Zombie Hates Skaters and Loud Children
245 comments, 07/31/2013, by , in LOCAL, WEIRD

Nothing scares Woodbury’s own Rob Zombie. Well, that’s not true. He’s not fond of children and skate parks. That’s right. The guy who brought you House of 1,000 Corpses and Halloween has one fear- children on skateboards.

Think I’m kidding? While he’s not working on his latest project, Lords of Salem; a movie that he says is “demented” and “satanic”, he’s fighting his hometown of Woodbury here in Connecticut to get rid of a skate park near his house. The children of Woodbury petitioned and worked very hard to have a skate park created in Hollow Park of Woodbury. It passed the Zoning Commission last year and was constructed. Since then many children in town frequent the skate park and it has provided a fun, recreational, and safe place for them to play.

So where does Rob Zombie (aka Robert Bartleh Cummings) come into this situation? Well, apparently his home is located very close to this park and he isn’t happy with the noise the kids make.

I’m going to let that sink in for a minute.

Rob Zombie, the man who was on tour with Marilyn Manson and is currently still on the road has somehow found the time to complain to town officials about those pesky kids. He creates nightmares. He’s working on new music, movies, and weird haunted house projects, BUT his concern is the neighborhood kids skateboarding in a park near his mansion. Town officials in an e-mail (also by the way, they refer to him as “Mr. Zombie” which is clearly hilarious and the best thing I’ve ever read) confirm that there have been complaints about the skate park and allegedly he could possibly be seeking legal action against the town.

For the love of God, it’s a kid’s skate park not a Wal-mart.

The kids have seen the skate park hours dwindle over the last few months and many parents are now coming forward in outrage. Although the town says they will address neighborhood concerns, this seems a bit ridiculous. Especially when you see the size of the park. Rob Zombie lives on 18 acres. 18 acres. He chose the land directly next to a public park- If you love making movies about killing people but hate children on skateboards, why would you buy a house next to park? Was there not some land available next to a cemetery? I’m sure it would have been a lot more quiet there.

This is literally how big the skatepark is:

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I reached out to Amanda Klimak who had originally started the online petition to have the skatepark installed. She was also was an advocate in raising funds for the area. Via Facebook, she responded:

“The parents and kids in our community worked hard to have the skate park built and it is my understanding that the town has taken appropriate steps to reduce the noise created by the park to a reasonable level. It is my understanding the the ramps have been modified, a noise reducing fabric has been added and the hours have been limited significantly, which should have sufficed.The Zombie’s purchased their home in Woodbury knowing that it was adjacent to a town park and should have known that there would be some noise associated with it. Considering Mr. Zombie has made a living from selling albums and movie tickets to teens and young adults, I would think that he, more than anyone, would be sympathetic to their need for activities. We are a small community with limited activities for our kids and the skate park has added a place for dozens of children and young adults to exercise and express themselves in a healthy way. I think it is sad that the Zombies can’t appreciate that.”

Note “new” hours:

skatepark rules

 

Not to add fuel to the fire, but isn’t this the man who taught Jamie Foxx how to skateboard? Shouldn’t he have some kind of respect for the sport? Well, I guess this video certainly wasn’t filmed in his back yard.

 

 

Really Rob Zombie? This tiny skate park is causing you that much despair? Sure, Mr. Zombie may have killed off tons of people in his films, but now he’s just killing kids’ dreams. It’s a sad day. A sad, sad day.

 

photo credit: CTBOOM Staff

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PreciousthatIam
PreciousthatIam

Are there anyone out there hiring graduate nurses, namely LPNs? I dont see the reason why they are some many schools offering the program when the nursing homes are asking for at least 6 months experience, how do we gain experience if they dont hire us....frustrating and it seems like CT is the only State doing that. Come on CT do better than that we love this state.

Paul
Paul

That's ironic. So the problem is that these kids WON'T just sit in their room and blow out their ear drums with loud music instead of going outside to play?

ToddJohnson
ToddJohnson

So Rob, take some of your money, find what you consider a "suitable" area and build the kids a fucking skate park! It's not like you are hard up for coin or something, quit wasting tax payer money fighting this.

Don't be a fucking poser Rob! Be real

AmyAragon
AmyAragon

For The First Time Ever Rob Zombie Simply Disapoints Me & I'm Sure Alot Of Other Fans With His BS Way To Mess With Innocent Childrens Dreams... Rob You Just Hit An All Time New Low Man!!!

TopCop
TopCop

I will make it a point to play justin beiber music outside his house loudly on a daily basis! I am retired and have shit else to do. Plus I am a former federal officer. Not like the town police are going to bother me. Have a nice Day Roberta!

Looking in
Looking in

He's probably spent more money on lawyer's fees just to prove to the town that he's got pull, than he would have spent to relocate the park somewhere else at his own expense (it says that they spent $50k to build the park).

You have to worry when thugs are dealing drugs on the corner, not when a bunch a ten year old kids are skateboarding.

Rob Zombie is in danger of becoming the new Danzig.  A parody of some mythical Rock God, it's embarrassing.


thm
thm

Rob Zombie is a rich dude.  He will do what all rich people do and nag the township until it gives in.  He can do that and will.  

What he should do is say "I'm such a rich dude I can fix this the awesome way" and he should pay to replace the loud hollow ramps with solid concrete ones.  But he won't.

Jason V
Jason V

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/rob-zombie-doesn-t-hate-skaters-and-kids/  You people are pathetic I am former skater and if a park was causing as much noise as this one is and from what I've read the skaters are doing it on purpose.  Plus the fact that it's not Rob it's Sheri Rob is and has been on tour dumbasses.  Do some research there are other neighbors who also are fighting the park. 

CP
CP

Sad.  Truly sad.  Last time I checked cars make a fair bit of noise but the roads stay open...

Ellena203
Ellena203

This is pathetic. Do not forget to check out how small this skate park is. There are never more than a few kids at a time. The park should not be closed after 5pm. It is the only time my 5 year and 10 year old grandson can go there.

itskindarainyout
itskindarainyout

I hope there is two sides to this story. Skating for 25 years and I've heard this all before, and sometimes there just isn't. But I can relate, I hate everything Rob Zombie puts out and it annoys me to have to be subject to it. But that's part of life. Likewise though, skating prefab parks makes a ton of noise and if the sound drove me nuts, I would want to say something too. The real crime or people that should be being chewed apart on the interent are the ones that sold the town on prefab. Now they've spent more money modifying it to dampen noise. Maybe Rob would like to help his community, because he has the publicity and money to do so, and raise money for a relocation and cement park. I helped get Scalzi in Stamford, CT together, and like stated below the noise level drops considerably with concrete. You can't hear us skating from the baseball field 200yds away.  

Skater not a Hater
Skater not a Hater

Ok, I'm going to make this simple, this is Mr. Zombies statement, and I quote... 

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. 

There is a simple matter going on in which we are trying to find a solution that will make EVERYBODY happy. Unfortunately someone decided to turn it into a whole ugly event. What a bummer." 


What I want to know is what is this matter going on and how is finding a solution that will make EVERYBODY happy so horrible? Being a skater (Renegade Roller Derby to be exact) and having events that are very loud and brutal at times, I myself am a very quiet and introverted shall we say; person when I am at home. Correct me if I am wrong but I don't think he is the only one in the community complaining about this, just the only famous Shock Rocker. Everyone has the right to a little peace and quite when they get home from a long day at work or a long Heavy Metal tour for that matter, even Rob Zombie. It sounds like him AND his neighbors just want it moved to a better location... Am I wrong? Please enlighten me, or is this classifies information? 

Obobo
Obobo

anne zap - great job with this .

I'd hold both of your hands

Obobo
Obobo

Mark:

I don't recall seeing your name as one of the contributors when the solicitations went out for donations. How about ponying up? You have such great ideas. Send your money to the Town of Woodbury Skate Park Fund. I'll look for your name. Dig deep brother.

MarkConahan
MarkConahan

Those prefab ramp parks are noisy. Poured concrete would have been better.

cravkhead
cravkhead

rob zombie another soldout corporate reptilian fucker? say it aint soooo! figures once you go hollywood you just lose the brass and start taking it up the ass. What a poor example of a role model, rock star? more like a washed up crankpot

fuckrobzombie
fuckrobzombie

I hope to god those Kids stay off his lawn. Seriously though he bought a house knowing it was across from a skate park and because it's noisier than he thought it would be he's using his D list celebrity status to a stink. How pathetic.

mwt
mwt

This article is well written, but the content is crap.

Sheila Chirico
Sheila Chirico

He's not "killing kid's dreams"!!!  REALLY???  The guy deserves a little peace and quiet after his hectic life!! He's on the road much of the time and I really don't understand why no one can comprehend  his views on this.... The man deserves to have QUIET!!!  Let the town build a stupid park elsewhere...... I'm sure he paid a lot of money for his acreage and little piece of heaven!!  He should be able to enjoy life in quiet surroundings and conmfort!! 

A
A

You should feel bad about yourself for making people look bad. -A

Patrick Donovan
Patrick Donovan

He's got 18 acres if its that big a deal how bout Rob builds them a new skatepark where his royal douchness won't be bothered.

Patrick Donovan
Patrick Donovan

My band Toy Called God wants to amends to the kids of that town on behalf of metal everywhere. We propose a contest. Anyone from within that area, who has a pic of themselves in that park skating can enter. Post the pic on our FB wall. We will choose one person to win a toy called god skateboard deck, that we hope they use to piss off the Zombies.

Ugh ok
Ugh ok

This article just proved itself wrong. "The man who tours with Marilyn Manson, plays loud music, etc." Isn't that your answer? The man is ALWAYS in a loud environment. Being at home is supposed to be relaxing, serene and inspiring. I'm 20 and have grown up in multiple apartment complexes, I am still young and I fucking HATE screaming children outside of my window. Plus, this "skate park" is probably one of the most puny little things - kids will have more fun using local stairs, hills, etc, than this piece of junk.


Also, Woodbury is his "current city" not hometown. He grew up and lived in Massachusetts for a very long time. Bad "journalism", mildly interesting story.

Eric
Eric

@Skater not a Hater  Yes for sure everyone likes peace and quite. That park was built because other members of the community went to city planning meetings and pushed for it to get built. If it was a DIY spot the kids built on their own sure, they need to go. But, it was built because people wanted it built. Prefab parks are horrendous though, I won't argue there. It's a tough balance because the town was trying to do something positive for the kids but did'n know what they were doing or getting themselves into. 

MarkConahan
MarkConahan

@Obobo Dang! Right on the ball with the fundraising. I'll keep it in mind if I get some extra. In Portland, Oregon where I live, a study showed the noise from a concrete skatepark falling off to the equivalent of a conversational human voice at about 500 feet.

jst1gyzop
jst1gyzop

@cravkhead it's not so. It's a bitchy little rant from a self loathing woman secretly jealous of others success. Not remotly based in fact at all. Don't walk away from people so easily, always two sides to the coin. 

jst1gyzop
jst1gyzop

@fuckrobzombie no...you are pathetic. If all you are going to do is judge without fact (none are present in this "story") you are part of the problem. I won't go into listing all the factual inaccuracies of your bitchy little rant but suffice it to say you come off as ignorant as the writer. 

jst1gyzop
jst1gyzop

@mwt I would respectfully disagree. Both firmly fall in the crap column. 

BryanZimmer
BryanZimmer

@Sheila Chirico also should''ve paid attention to his community during the planning stages and city council meetings. His suffering is of his own lack of interest. Funny how public developments, such as skateparks, go through miles of red tape before being approved.

L
L

@Sheila Chirico Are you seriously saying that an entire town should bow to the whims of a single rich dude?

Eric
Eric

@Ugh ok If he needs quiet so badly he can use the money he has and buy property in a secluded area that doesn't back up to a public park. The entire community of kids should not be put out of a place to skate because of 1 person or a handful of adults being annoyed.  That's utter crap. 

TrueRomaineSpence
TrueRomaineSpence

@Mr_Dreadful @TrueRomaineSpence 

The same way Nancy Pelosi can be as rich as Croesus and still demand Air Force jets to fly her across country while she was speaker.  If you can't make that connection, I won't bother trying to explain further.

Jojo
Jojo

@jst1gyzop Nice post, Rob. When will you be touring through El Paso next?

DBroshark
DBroshark

@jst1gyzop I'm surprised you have all this time to respond while your so busy keeping Mr. Zombie's cock plowed in your mouth. Get a life.

And as far as Zombie and the park are concerned... build a fucking wall idiots.

Not the best journalism, but you're obviously an idiot too so.....

Anna Zap
Anna Zap

@jst1gyzop I love it! "bitchy little rant from a self loathing woman secretly jealous of others success"- You, Sir, have just made my day! It's like you know me for real! 

Anna Zap
Anna Zap

@jst1gyzop You seem to have made it your mission to make remarks on all the comments- So before you call me ignorant, you might want to know that this wasn't all just based on randomness- Actually, my homework was done quite well.  

Anna Zap
Anna Zap

@jst1gyzop @mwt Noted- but I would also respectfully disagree.  Then again my 3.97 GPA for my master's degree in English from SHU is probably crap too... It's only a CT college... 

Eric
Eric

@L @Sheila Chirico Seriously, the accessibility to a safe place for  hundreds of kids to practice their sport of choice should not be determined by a single cranky adult. The comments on here that I've seen saying everyone deserves peace and quiet is laughable. If you buy property in a populated area that backs up to a park, you have no expectation of an entire community being quiet for your own personal sake.  

jst1gyzop
jst1gyzop

@Eric right, because he "has money" he and his wife should just put up or shut up....really? Now you're really making yourself look like an ass Eric. Yes Eric, the kids skate park should be re located because the grown ups pay property taxes and mortgages and vote. The "Zombies" are actually involved in finding alternative solutions to this issue. Tell ya what, go the the Google browser and do a bit of research on the case and get back to us. Thanks.

sbgbjay
sbgbjay

@TrueRomaineSpence  With all due respect for your opinion.. you sir, are a nutjob. Making a connection like THAT... is the hallmark, of a paranoid, delusional individual.

jst1gyzop
jst1gyzop

@DBroshark @jst1gyzop Oh good, I was wondering when someone would get around to a "cock plowing" comment.

It's not the best journalism...in fact it isn't journalism at all as expressed in their "We Respond" post. While I am a fan of Rob Zombie I can assure you that doesn't factor in here. I mean..I'm not a muslim writing about Christianity! Badum-bump! 

Anyway....you have fun with that. 

Anna Zap
Anna Zap

@jst1gyzop If it makes you feel better, they cut down all my trees that once stood behind my home.  I complained and asked that they re-plant them.  They ignored me and didn't do anything.  But like you said- I'm not on a celebrity list so what I say doesn't matter.  I guess I'll just live with it like the common folk.  I didn't threaten legal action though.  Maybe that's where I went wrong.  Okay, back to work- but thank you for reading our article and voicing your opinions.  Seriously- that's what this site is for.  

jst1gyzop
jst1gyzop

@Anna Zap @jst1gyzop Honestly Anna, the problem is you left out many facts to make your point and injected your opinion as fact. 

I will at minimum give you credit for actually responding personally. But if we are going to throw out conjecture and opinion, I think I've made mine pretty clear. If this were anyone else not in the public eye, this would never have been written. For that alone it appears to be using Mr. "Zombies" public status to bully him (or in this case his wife) out of their complaint by calling him a "Kid/Skater Hater" two realms he has done much service. Had you simply stuck to the facts....ah yes, that wouldn't have garnered nearly the attention though, would it. Ah well. 

I like homework as well. That we have in common. I'll do some more and get back to you. Maybe we'll find out what your neighbors think of you.....but then, who would care. You aren't even on a celebrity list. Cheers. 

jst1gyzop
jst1gyzop

@Eric @Sheila Chirico Eric...hundreds? Have you seen the size of the skate park? No....I'd venture a guess much lower than that. Regardless, it wasn't a single complaint. Rob Zombie's WIFE appeared and spoke on behalf of herself and other neighbors. The fact that they did NOT complain until this skate park was built suggests much different noise and or variable issues. I only hope people in your own neighborhood aren't so dismissive of local issues you may have. 


Eric
Eric

@jst1gyzop @BryanZimmer Info is limited on what the full story is, but I'm sure it goes much deeper than what we're getting from the available articles. 

 I will always jump on the side of the kids. For me personally it hits so close to home because it mirrors the experiences I've had going to so many city council meetings trying to get a park built near us. It always comes down to adults who want quiet vs the kids who want someplace safe to skate where they're not getting hassled by the police. The adults keep winning and my kids and the other kids of my community are treated as criminals for their sport of choice. My choice too, I still skate 35 years later because it's so fun. 

 The town next to us just had a skate park rejected despite having the full budget, the full support of the Police Chief, and chamber of commerce. The neighbors shut it down because, and I quote, didn't want that "bad element "in their neighborhood.  That bad element is the kids of the community. That town, Skokie Il has 240 acres of park land. Like I said in a previous comment my town has 92 parks on it's website.  Neither of them have skate parks so it puts my family in the position of driving 45 minutes round trip to the nearest skate park. 

Skating and scootering are the fastest growing population of athletes in the country. I'd just like to see those kids as well as my own have a place to go. Bryan and jst'1 you've made some interesting points and observations. I hope that town can find a compromise for both parties involved. A compromise on both sides is what it's going to take.  

jst1gyzop
jst1gyzop

@BryanZimmer @jst1gyzop oh brother...you'll get no argument from me there. No matter what side of the coin you land on that's who suffers, the ones who were grinding the park. 

No one has made mention if the park is still open during scaled back hours even while all this is going on. I hope so. And maybe that's what's at the heart of my angst towards the writer of this article. Again, I've worked for a city, I've seen how badly the process slows down when lawyers get involved, knee jerk decisions are made that help no one,  and I can't help but think that this article adds to that and will invariably bring the resolution process to a grinding halt. 

Not sure why this hits so close to home. I can't help but feel like no one is coming out of this better. Guess we'll just wait and see. Thanks Bryan, Cheers!

Eric
Eric

@jst1gyzop @BryanZimmer  I'm a 46 year old skater since the mid 70's with 2 teen boys who've skated since they could stand up We've been going to city meetings for years trying to get a skate park in our city near Chicago. My cities website has 92 public parks listed for public use. Not one skate park. 

 If you're a skater and city gov guy then you know, "if your city doesn't have a skate park, your city is a skate park." If a town is like mine and has no skate park, and skateboarding is illegal on city streets, it criminalizes the sport and skaters. That's what upsets me about this article. The zombies might be working for a common solution, but in the mean time the local kids are being punished for their sport of choice. 

BryanZimmer
BryanZimmer

@jst1gyzop @BryanZimmer I can appreciate the sentiment of becoming involved, my major quarrel with the whole issue is not the people's right to disagree with anything they find unsettling. It is the limitation of the facility to its patrons, regardless of who they may be. A public park and its attractions should be available to the public at their will. If these time frames are applied to one attraction, they should be applied to all.  10am to 5pm is just plain ludicrous. Closed on Sundays is appalling. and Woodbury residents only? If I can walk my dog in the park at 7pm, I should also be allowed to skate the provided area.

On a side note, I can also appreciate your feeling the need to play devil's advocate, good debate is hard to come by. 

jst1gyzop
jst1gyzop

@BryanZimmer @jst1gyzop Hmm....well, you have the right to believe that and live that life. I have a much different experience when it came to noise and other nuisance issues during my City Gov. time. I suppose the only thing I'll add, being that you are quite firm in your convictions, I've always found it important to let people take action on something they feel  lowers the quality of their life. Wether I agree or disagree. That is why we have government agencies to deal with them. Action taken, regardless of timing, is still involvement. And it's never too late to be involved.  

jst1gyzop
jst1gyzop

@Eric @jst1gyzop @BryanZimmer HA! ok....I retract that sentence. That was a great answer. Cheers. 

The point I'm trying to make is, from what I have found through public records and others telling the same story is, till this incident, they never made a complaint about any of the activities in this park. 

I just feel like it would send up a flag that maybe there is something different about this element that has caused this. Like I told Bryan, I have experience with this having managed similar projects for a City. And we have to keep in mind that it wasn't just her, she was speaking on behalf of other neighbors as well. 

To add even more clarity I myself am a skater....got my first deck in 77'. I love skate parks, especially well managed ones. But I'm trying to put myself into the role of home owner and neighbor, roles I play in my own neighborhood I hope well. I would hope that my concerns would be dealt with and would take an active role to that end. From what I've learned, Mrs. Zombie is doing that. I hope there is a constructive resolution to this and the skaters get their park (skating isn't just for kids) and the residents get their quiet. 


BryanZimmer
BryanZimmer

@jst1gyzop @BryanZimmer It is the responsibility of every member of every community to be proactive in the developments that occur in their surroundings. Having been directly involved in developments to the parks in my own community and previous communities, I can safely say the noise ordinances are a common topic and read into very carefully. Public notices are posted for the community to become involved, ignorance of them can only be blamed on one's self. And even at that the ELECTED officials speak for those who don't speak for themselves, put into their respective offices by the people of their communities. Do I agree with everything the US government does? No. Did I have a say in who i wished to represent my interests? Yes. The same principles are applied at the local level. I return to my previous  juncture, the only one to blame for inaction is one's self.

Eric
Eric

@jst1gyzop @BryanZimmer  Yes as a matter of fact I am a total ass, have you been talking to my wife? That park was built because other local residents went to those city planning meetings and wanted the skate park built for kids to use. The Zombies bought a piece of property that backs up to a public park. Public parks have people in them that make noise. So yes, I am saying deal with your actions and suck it up. or move. 

jst1gyzop
jst1gyzop

@BryanZimmer @jst1gyzop  well ya see, that's where you are wrong. Mr. Zombie and his wife pay those taxes for that purpose quite willingly I'm sure. They probably didn't show up the the City Council meeting because Mr. Zombie is an advocate for skating and parks to do it in and probably thought it was a great idea. They may not have even known about it. 

Having worked in City Government in the Parks and Community Services Dept. as a manager and creator of event's in public parks I can tell you from experience, it may look good on paper, it may even look amazing once built. But once you open those doors you discover a set of issues you never thought would happen. If the element you have just added to a public area creates an issue unforeseen to anyone, do you truly feel that the affected party should have zero recourse? 

Yes, the City tried to rectify the situation with sound buffering elements. Kudos for that. But keep in mind, Mrs. Zombie is not the only one complaining and it has not been disclosed she is the one who levied the lawsuit. 

I believe when speaking of "rights" we must keep in mind that they go further than those who disagree with us would otherwise like to allow. As members of the neighborhood, they have the right to ask the City for this. Just like anyone else. 

BryanZimmer
BryanZimmer

@jst1gyzop Vote at things like the city council meetings that lead to this development? Pay property taxes to contribute to the development of public parks? 

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