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Today New York City christened a brand new public skatepark in Manhattan right along the river on the west side of town. Designed and constructed by Californa Skateparks and Site Design Group, the new park is located on Pier 62 at the westernmost end of 22nd street in the Chelsea neighborhood. It’s 15,000 square feet and is open 8am till dusk every day. It features an enclosed bowl that tops out in the deep end at 10 feet with pristine pool coping. The remainder of the park consists of a massive flow section and street elements circling the periphery. The whole park is oval in shape and blended into the landscape of the newly renovated pier area.
I spoke with David Katz, Vice President of Marketing and Events for the Hudson River Park and he explained that the facility is an unsupervised skate at your own risk facility. Rules and safety regulations are posted at the park’s entrance and a revolving door ensures that the park can only be accessed by skaters and rollerbladers (no bikes at this one). Present at the opening and already ripping the park were Fiveboro’s Willy Akers and Danny Falla along with Coda’s Pat Smith, Traffic’s Bobby Puleo and some East Coast OGs including Sean Kelling, Steve Nardone and more. Given the volume on opening day (a school day at that), this spot’s probably going to be crowded for some time to come. It will be interesting to see how the NYC street skaters adapt and improve with their new access to overhead transition and bowl walls with vert on them. With this park alongside the soon-to-be-completed Maloof Money Cup plaza park in Queens and the new concrete projects making headway in the Bronx, we’ll likely be seeing some heavy hitting all-terrain rippers coming out of the five boroughs in the next few years.
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