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New skate park breaks ground in Flushing Meadows

A new, 16,000 square foot skate park is now under construction near the 1964 World’s Fair site in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  In a subtle nod to the mash-up of architectural styles typical of many historic World’s Fairs, the course will feature elements inspired by popular street skating spots around New York City:

  • Original Brooklyn Banks 9-stair replica rail
  • Union Square rail/steps
  • Police Plaza 7-stair rail/various stairs
  • Ziegfeld ledge
  • Chrystie Park ledge
  • Exchange Place street gap
  • JFK Banks
  • Con Ed Banks
  • Pyramid ledges
  • Flushing Meadows Park ledge-over-the-grate replica
  • Various rails in public parks and the aesthetics of many of the spots in Brooklyn

The course is being built in advance of the Maloof Money Cup, a skate competition that will be held June 5th and 6th; the competiion donated the course through the Parks Department’s Adopt-a-Park program.

Update: Urban Omnibus offers a reflection on choice skating spots in New York City.

(via Gothamist)

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March 29, 2010 - Posted by | FKP | , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Omg this is wickeddd ^_^. Finally a skate park near me!! (:

    Comment by Genesis | April 30, 2010 | Reply

  2. I am the parent of a son who skateboards and I want to say that this park is long overdue. I have read many negative comments about the park, and just want to tell all those people to get a life. That’s right you heard me. People are gawking about the city being sued if a kid gets hurt, no in the skate community is going to sue the city. People who participate in extreme sports know the risks and are willing to deal with the consequences, besides people are killed or mamed in all kinds of main stream sports everyday and no one even bats an eye. Let’s be real this has nothing to do with being sued, people just have a stigma attached to skateboarders. Just another form of ignorant predjudice we throw out into the world. I think I speak for all the parents of kids who skateboard when I say our kids are good decent kids who we are exremely proud of and we will do whatever it takes to make sure they have arenas for their sports. ( IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT TOO DAMNED BAD )

    Comment by Erika | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  3. sweet

    Comment by globalinstructor | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  4. Does this mean they’re going to have to destroy the remnants of The Astral Fountain to build this?

    Comment by Bogframe | August 15, 2010 | Reply

    • It’s already completed and has opened, but yes, it does seem that the park was built on the Astral Fountain site.

      Comment by freshkillspark | August 16, 2010 | Reply

  5. [...] really matter since I was not invited to design the park and given millions of dollars to do so. Freshkills Park Blog has a nice little diagram and list of the park and the inspiration for each obstacle. View from [...]

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