Coleman Skatepark Gets Quick Tune-Up Just in Time for ‘Go Skateboarding Day’

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 at 5:15 am by

Today is the thirteenth “Go Skateboarding Day,” an international skate event held annually to both celebrate and promote the sport.

At home on the local level, meanwhile, the one and only Lower East Side skatepark got some love. Nike SB recently invested some cash to upgrade elements of the Coleman Playground (aka the “Coleman Oval”) beneath the Manhattan Bridge. Cosmetic changes include new obstacles like rails, ledges, and ramps. The front steps were also given a fresh coat of red paint.

It’s a much-needed tune-up for the skatepark, to be sure, which Nike last overhauled five years ago. In 2011, a non-profit design services firm called Architecture for Humanity joined Nike to redesign the beloved skatepark. The two organizations awarded Steve Rodriguez, a well-known skateboarding advocate and founder of 5boro skateboards, a GAMECHANGERS grant, aided in the reconstruction. The remodeled park debuted in summer 2012.

More on Go Skateboarding Day:

Go Skateboarding Day, held on June 21 every year, is the official holiday of skateboarding. The holiday began June 21, 2004 as an excuse for skateboarders to make skateboarding their top priority. Go Skateboarding Day began with a few simple skate sessions and bar-b-ques held in skateboarding’s unofficial capital, Southern California.

Founded by the International Association of Skateboard Companies, Go Skateboarding Day gives passionate skateboarders as well as those who are simply inspired by skateboarding, the opportunity to drop everything and get on a skateboard. Go Skateboarding Day is a cooperative of decentralized events that take place around the globe. Skateboard retailers, manufacturers, skateparks, distributors, organizations and individuals of all colors, creeds, and attitudes hold skateboarding events to celebrate the holiday. Skateboarders around the world create their own events and traditions to celebrate skateboarding.

Go Skateboarding Day originated as the day for skateboarders to have fun, to raise awareness about the issues we face; to show the world what skateboarding is really all about; to reclaim our culture; and to define skateboarding as the rebellious, creative celebration of independence it continues to be. In the years since that first celebration, the holiday continues to grow, but the mission remains the same: Have fun, go skateboarding!

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