Construction on New Coleman Skatepark Begins Next Month

Posted on: March 16th, 2012 at 10:39 am by

The recreation committee of CB3 held their monthly meeting last night at the BRC Senior Services Center on Delancey Street.  Topics on the agenda included the ongoing issue of remodeling Coleman Playground, a local skateboarding mecca beneath the Manhattan Bridge, and also improvements to the Hamilton Fish Recreation Center.

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The re-branded Coleman Oval Park will go under the knife next month for its six-figure facelift, courtesy of a grant from Architecture for Humanity and Nike.  Construction is set to begin in early-to-mid April and should last about ten weeks.  Some new features will include a 25% increase in square footage, with a more plaza-oriented approach.  This will help replicate elements found in different plazas in the city.  California Skateparks, the organization behind similar parks in Flushing Meadows and Astoria, was tasked with redesigning Coleman, and is reportedly receiving input from local skaters.  The dog run will remain, but moved to another area of the oval.  As before, this new corporate experience will be free and open to the public.

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As for the upgrade of the fitness center at the Hamilton Fish Recreation Center on Pitt Street, this project will be implemented in several phases.  First the electrical equipment will be upgraded to handle additional power units.  Antiquated equipment will be discarded to give the fitness center a fresh feel.  New treadmills and other cardio equipment will be brought in for use.  The tentative plan is to complete this project by the end of this fiscal year, which translates to June 30.  Hamilton Fish is seeking other improvements as well, such as an upgrade to the air conditioning system and a remodeling of the basketball courts.

Written by Andrew Cohen

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