The Riverside Park Conservancy said this week that the steps, rails and low ramps at its new skate park on 108th Street are open. The skate park has been under construction since last year after a multi-year planning process. The Parks Department is considering naming it after Andy Kessler, a local skating legend.
The city is also constructing a bowl in the park that’s 11 feet deep, in the style of the pools made famous by skaters in California.
The conservancy also complained about the graffiti that someone tagged in the park.
We & @NYCParks are so excited that the street portion of Riverside Park's skate park is now open – but disappointed to see graffiti, which requires removal & takes away staff time from other park maintenance. Please help us care for this area by respecting it & keeping it clean. pic.twitter.com/eTe6eHcTG5
— Riverside Park Conservancy (@RiversideParkNY) August 10, 2020
It being a skate park, some people responded that skating culture and graffiti culture tend to go together — the whole rebel thing. But the NYC skate coalition says that it’s not worth the cost. There was a spirited debate in the comments: