“I skated there, my son skates here. I would love if his daughter or son skated here.”
– Steve Rodriguez

Ethan Means skates in the northwest corner of Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan. The Department of Parks and Recreation wants to cover the area with turf for softball and baseball players.Credit: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

After a petition that was passed around the NY Skateboarding community reached over 30,000 signatures, the New York Times picked up on the story that mirrors one we are all way too familiar with: a beloved skate spot in danger of disappearing. Whether its a DIY that gets torn down, gentrification and demolition, or the city fencing off a classic spot after mixed information about what’s going to happen to it **cough, cough, BROOKLYN BANKS, cough*** -ahem, sorry about that…had something stuck in my throat. Anyway, we all have seen this story play out before but it’s nice to see the big boys of media making our plight known to the masses.

Since last month, nearly 30,000 people have signed a petition requesting that Tompkins Square Park be left as is. Credit: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

The article isn’t 100% about us though, the paper highlights that hockey players are also getting displaced in favor of the potential astroturf that will cater to youth sports that raise substantially more money from the private sector according to NYT. It highlights some interesting points and captures the story well. Hopefully, the impact from all the attention will be that we get to keep Tompkins as is and aren’t forced to watch another beloved spot be lost. In the meantime, if you haven’t signed the petition yet do so here. You can also call 311 and use the hashtag #savetompkins in your posts. Let’s keep this alive and keep Tomkins!