As dog owners work to create a dog park in the North End, another group is moving closer to the creation of a nearby skatepark under the Zakim Bridge. The Charles River Conservancy has announced that a Memorandum of Agreement has been signed between CRC and the State’s Department of Conservation and Recreation. With the agreement, the CRC will detail the preliminary design and move forward with construction.
After extensive delays and more than 10 years in the making, the estimated opening date is now toward the end of 2013. The skatepark will be located under the Zakim Bridge and most accessible to the North End via Paul Revere Park and the newly opened North Point Park pedestrian bridge that dramatically reduces walking time to the other side of the Charles River Basin and Cambridge. (Read how the bridge was built.)
Skateboarders are hotly anticipating the opening of the park that will be the largest of its kind in New England. It is expected to draw boarders from all over Boston and Cambridge. Non-skateboarders are also hopeful the new skatepark will give passive neighborhood parks a break from infrastructure wear related to skateboarding. Many skateboarders currently travel from the suburbs to skate in downtown Boston.
The CRC has raised $2.5 million for the construction of the skatepark including a $600,000 contribution by the Lynch Foundation. Ongoing maintenance is expected to be covered by DCR and funding from special events. A restaurant and small building facility are also part of the preliminary plans. CRC/DCR will also hold public meetings on the project.