Lynch Skatepark to open with kickoff celebration Nov. 14 in East Cambridge


Cambridge Chronicle

The Lynch Family Skatepark will open Nov 14. File photo.

The Lynch Family Skatepark will open Nov 14. File photo.

The Charles River Conservancy, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Vans, and the Lynch Foundation will hold an opening celebration for the Lynch Family Skatepark in East Cambridge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14.

Vans skateboarding representatives Tony Alva and Ray Barbee will be on-site for demos with the community.

The $5 million, 40,000-square-foot Lynch Family Skatepark is located in East Cambridge, next to the Zakim Bridge under the I-93 off-ramp in DCR’s North Point Park. The skatepark project remediated a former brownfield and will provide recreational opportunities for athletes in the Greater Boston area.

The Lynch Foundation has long been a supporter of the Skatepark. During the morning event, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra will play in memoriam to Carolyn Lynch, who recently died.

Event hosts include corporate partners Vans, who provided the final dollars needed to begin construction on the project through a leadership commitment of $1.5 million. Vans also committed $25,000 each year for seven years to the DCR for ongoing maintenance of the skatepark.

Mayor of Boston Martin Walsh; Steve Van Doren, Vans vice president of events; Peter Lynch; Renata von Tscharner, conservancy president; state Sen. Sal DiDomenico, D-Everett; state Rep. Tim Toomey, D-Cambridge; and DCR Commissioner Carol Sanchez, will be in attendance.

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