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.