site of the new Rockaway Beach skate park

We have some old news and some new news in the New York skate park world. Let’s start with the new news: Site Design Group recently posted a picture of the initial construciton for a new 15,700′ skate park which will be constructed by California Skateparks in Rockaway Beach, NY.

we'll soon be calling this "the old" LES skate park

Now for some old (but good) news: Steve Rodriguez announced at the Long Ollie Challenge that he was recently awarded the Nike x Architecture for Humanity GAMECHANGERS grant. The grant will be used to redesign/reconstruct Coleman (aka LES or Manhattan Bridge) skate park. The new design is not final but Steve R suggested it might be similar to the Astoria skate park. Steve along with Preeti Sodhi (Architecture for Humanity) had a meeting earlier this month to kick things off and also put out a survey to collect some helpful data from the skateboarding community (please fill it out if you have a minute). So with Steve R involved, a nice amount of money and the skate community’s input we’re sure to see an amazing new LES/Coleman/Manhattan Bridge skate park. Can’t wait!