Designers offer sneak peek of new skatepark beneath Zakim Bridge


Boston’s skateboarders can now eye the bowls they’ll tackle beneath the Zakim Bridge this fall in a video posted by the Charles River Conservancy.

The video is a sneak peek of what the Lynch Family Skatepark will look like, courtesy of Stantec, the firm hired to design the $4.5 million 40,000-square-foot park in East Cambridge.

The park, a decade in the making, has been  fraught with delays. But ground was finally broken on October 23, 2014,  construction began in late April, and its slated for completion this fall.

The Charles River Conservancy posts construction updates and photos on its Facebook page. The post, from May 7, is labeled “feeling determined.”

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Fundraising for the skatepark began in 2003, with professional skateboarder Tony Hawk and skateboard apparel company Vans contributing to the project. Vans will give $25,000 annually for the next seven years to maintain the park and also host two professional skating events there each year, according to the The Boston Globe.

The park will be managed by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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