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Manhattan Bridge skatepark from the ground up.

In one of the greatest cities in the world in one of the greatest locations(downtown Manhattan) exists one of the worst skateparks. Funds from the grant would go towards giving the park a "facelift" by literally replacing the tar coated blacktop with concrete. Depending on funds raised the sky would be the limit as to what else could be improved. The Manhattan Bridge/LES Skatepark is the location of choice within the five boroughs for New York City’s special skateboarding events. From annual contests like Harold Hunter Day and Manny Mania to huge mega events like “Go Skateboarding Day” (largest global crowd of skaters on that day). Future programming potential includes skate clinics and a mentoring program, as well art and design initiatives with youth to help animate the space. Potential programming partners include local community groups as well as the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and local schools. There also exists a great opportunity to broaden the inclusion of women and girls in the sport, through potential partnerships with local community groups such as the Lower East Side Girls Club. Outreach should also be done to outlying neighborhoods due to the fact that skaters using the skatepark come from all five boroughs as well as the immediate neighborhood. Creating a more integrated public space may also lead to increased usership by non skaters, also increasing potential programming opportunities.

Who is the sponsoring organization?

Steve Rodriguez. Steve Rodriguez is the founder of skateboard company 5boro and will collaborate with various local community-based organizations, such as the Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF), on this project. He is a long-time resident of New York City, and is widely recognized as the mayor of New York’s tight-knit skateboarding community. With 5boro as his vehicle, Steve has taken it upon himself to become an advocate for all New York skaters by volunteering his time and expertise to help city officials plan and execute a variety of skateboarding-related projects. In 2004, he teamed up with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the New York City Department of Transportation to help save NYC’s legendary skate spot, the Brooklyn Banks. Steve is on the board of the Harold Hunter Foundation. +

Where will the project be located?

New York, New York, United States

LES skatepark, Manhattan Bridge skatepark, Coleman Oval park. The Manhattan Bridge skate park is located in Coleman Oval Park, in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, bordered by Market, Pike, Cherry, and Monroe Streets. Nestled underneath the Manhattan Bridge, the skate park is in close proximity to the most popular downtown skate spots, including the Brooklyn Banks. There are many cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds represented. More than a quarter of the district's population, 43,000 people, require income assistance and this statistic is 83% higher than the mean of other Manhattan community districts. Access to quality green space and recreational facilities is especially important for this community, as 26.2%-35.4% of residents reported their health as fair or poor on a self reported health history in 2008. Manhattan Community District 3 also does not meet the New York City Planning Commission's guidelines for per capita green space.

Do facilities at the location need to be constructed or upgraded?

Yes. Yes, the existing ground service needs to be demolished as a new concrete surface needs to be laid down. The existing surface is slippery for skateboarders. Also, falls on the asphalt leaves a tremendous amount of black dust on clothing. Obstacles also need to be updated.

Are any further architectural or design services required?

Yes. Further design considerations (seating, skateable sculptures, art, landscaping) would depend on funding.

Would this project benefit from the assistance of construction professionals?

Yes. Imperative for proper concrete surface/finish.