Advocates Propose Indoor Skate Park for Pier 40 Redevelopment
If the skateboarding community gets its way, the west side might welcome a skatepark of its own.
SURE Skateboards and the NYC Skateboard Coalition are conducting outreach to garner support for an indoor skate park at Pier 40. The proposal would piggyback off current plans to redevelop the aging facility with funds generated from the $100 million sale of its development rights last year.
Community Board 2 meets to discuss Pier 40 tomorrow (September 28), and the skaters are asking folks to mention the skatepark proposal in the city’s survey. SURE’s Rob Rodrigues sent around the following appeal with the hope of putting this on the CB2 radar.
SURE Skateboards is working with a group of active parents and skateboard enthusiasts to encourage Community Board 2 to consider including a public indoor skateboard facility as part of the redevelopment of Pier 40 in lower Manhattan.
I am personally passionate about having a skate park that has time and/or space designated for skaters in the five to twelve year old age range. Something currently lacking and much needed.
I also see an indoor facility as a critical component for NY Skateboarding as a local resource for Olympic contenders leading up to the debut of Skateboarding at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
You can find the survey here. If inclined to support the skatepark, make it known in the comments field of Section 16.
The air rights Pier 40 sold facilitated the next biggest downtown development at the adjacent St. John’s Terminal. The three-block site is to be converted into 1,586 apartments (30% affordable), offices, a hotel, and 400,000 square feet of retail.