Posted April 27, 2015
Wicked Local Cambridge
The Charles River Conservancy announced that construction on the 40,000-square-foot Lynch Family Skatepark is now underway. The $4.5 million skatepark will be built in East Cambridge, next to the Zakim Bridge under the I-93 off-ramp in North Point State Park.
With the snow melted, the Conservancy’s General Contractor ValleyCrest has begun an anticipated 6-month construction process. As the site is now an active construction area, the best place to watch construction is from the adjacent North Bank Bridge, which connects North Point Park to Charlestown.
“When completed, the Lynch Family Skatepark will be a creative public recreation space that will serve skaters and riders from around the region. This project has received significant support from the city of Cambridge and from private donors like Vans and the Lynch Foundation, and without their generosity construction of the skatepark would not be possible,” said State Representative Timothy Toomey. “I’m confident that the Lynch Family Skatepark will be a positive addition to our community.”
Once the soil is sufficiently settled and stable and the drainage system is completed, the foundation for the bowls and streetscape can be built. A team of skatepark master builders from California Skateparks will form the complex contours, add the metal edges and pour the concrete, which will be the framework for first world class 21st Century skatepark to be built in Massachusetts.
Mike McIntyre of Stantec’s Action Sport Group played an instrumental role in designing the park. McIntyre is a former professional skateboarder who has built more than 150 skate parks around the country and overseas.
The Conservancy received a commitment of $1.5M from sneaker and skateboarding giant Vans Inc to construct the skatepark. Vans will also provide $25,000 each year for seven years to the DCR for ongoing maintenance of the skatepark.
The Conservancy raised over $3 million for the skatepark prior to the commitment from Vans. Other generous contributors to the skatepark include the Lynch Foundation, for which the park will be named, as well as the City of Cambridge, the Barr Foundation, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. A seed grant of $5,000 from the foundation of famed skateboarder Tony Hawk helped to get the fundraising going in 2003. The project has also received support from more than 400 skaters and their parents who helped design the park and gave whatever they could to support its development–some giving $5 and some giving over $5,000.
To follow the skatepark’s long-awaited progress, visit the Conservancy at thecharles.com, or facebook.com/CharlesRiverConservancy, or @CharlesRiverCRC. Updates will be posted every Wednesday afternoon using #skateboston.
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