Their goal is to make the current skate park safer, and to include elements which will attract all skill levels. The project will cost $2.6 million in total.
The design of the skate park will include an 11′ feet bowl, which they state is its most dramatic feature.
The current footprint of the skate park will also be increased, and new benches and fencing will be added.
The official launch ceremony was held on Saturday, June 8th, and construction has commenced. The ceremony was attended by Borough President Gale Brewer, and Council Members Mark Levine and Helen Rosenthal, who are funding the $2.6 million project.
— Helen Rosenthal (@HelenRosenthal) June 8, 2019
The most storied skate park in Manhattan was built by hand in @RiversideParkNY by skaters 25 years ago. Today we broke ground on a long-needed renovation, so a new generation of NYers can safely enjoy this quintessential NYC sport. (With 11-ft ramps!) pic.twitter.com/X1NZUP22J6
— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) June 8, 2019
Plans to update and improve the 108th Street skate park have been discussed for years now. The original skate park was built by the late NYC skateboarder Andy Kessler 25 years ago.Join the UWS newsletter for more local updates:
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