Charles River Skatepark design includes local elements

 

 

By Johanna Kaiser, Town Correspondent for Boston.com

Iconic Boston skateboarding landmarks will be recreated in the Charles River Skatepark after its developers met with local skaters to collaborate on the design of the long-awaited park.

Developers of the Charles River Skatepark unveiled their design plans Monday after hearing from the public and local skateboarders at two public meetings.

The proposed design, created by design firm ASD-Stantec, replicates iconic Boston skateboarding landmarks, such as the volcano-shaped mounds at the former Boston City Hospital, in hopes of giving the park an authentic Boston feel.

“We have worked closely with Boston’s skating community, gathering their input and gaining their trust and support in the process,” Mike McIntyre, of the design firm ASD-Stantec, said in a statement. “This will be the world-class skatepark the region deserves.”

The Charles River Conservancy, which is building the park, hosted two public meetings to discuss design plans for the 40,000 square foot park planned for the North Point Park in East Cambridge.

When completed, it will be the largest outdoor skatepark in New England.

(Image courtesy ASD-Stantec)

A rendering of the proposed Charles River Skatepark.

ASD-Stantec also worked with professional skaters and Massachusetts natives Andy Macdonald and Anthony Shetler.

“This park is genuinely a community effort,” Jason Lederer, director of projects at the CRC, said in a statement. “We are glad that the community is coming together in agreement on the design.”

The conservancy has raised $2.5 million to build the park under the ramps of the Leonard P. Zakim Bridge. Once the skatepark is built, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, which manages North Point Park, will take over maintenance and management responsibilities.

ASD-Stantec plans to make final adjustments to the design, including landscape, spectator, and drainage elements, and begin the permitting process over the next several weeks.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring, with the park opening to the public by the end of 2013. — E-mail Kaiser at Johanna.yourtown@gmail.com

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