Design Renderings Hint at the Upcoming Skatepark Beneath the Zakim Bridge


– Staff Writer, BostInno


In April, the Charles River Conservancy broke ground on the Lynch Family Skatepark project located beneath the Zakim Bridge at North Point State Park. Design renderings courtesy of Stantec put on full display what’s in store for the innovative destination.

The $4.5 million, 40,000-square foot skatepark construction process is expected to take 6 months. The creative public space will feature street, transitional, and bowl elements. It’s also slated to include “systems that promote the natural treatment of stormwater run-off, recycled and reclaimed building materials, native landscaping, and a construction-phase waste management and recycling plan,” according to the Conservancy.

Seating will also be built for spectators to gather and marvel at full display of urban athleticism.

Some 400 local skaters contributed design submissions for the skatepark – which will also accommodate bikers, inline skaters, scooter riders and wheelchair athletes – and skateboard legend Tony Hawk even contributed a $5,000 seed grant to bring it into fruition. The Conservancy raised $3 million and another $1.5 million was contributed by shoe manufacturing and retail company Vans.

Upon its completion, the skatepark will be gifted to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation who will then take stewardship over the area.

“The construction of this skatepark is the culmination of more than a decade of working together with Charles River Conservancy and other partners in the community,” said DCR Commissioner Jack Murray in a statement back in April. “We thank the Conservancy for their support and look forward to this unique skatepark opening, which will provide a wonderful family friendly destination for decades to come.”


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