Vans Joins the Lynch Family Skatepark At Its Grand Opening


TransWorld Business

By Hayley Helms               November 18, 2015


This past Saturday, Vans joined thousands of skateboarders, BMX riders and passionate city locals from greater Boston to celebrate the long-awaited grand opening of the Lynch Family Skatepark. As the final contributor to the project, Vans provided a leadership commitment of $1.5M, joining The Charles River Conservancy (CRC), the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and the Lynch Foundation in supporting a brand new community skatepark located in East Cambridge, MA. The exciting ribbon cutting ceremony welcomed various dignitaries to the podium, including key city officials, representatives from the CRC and DCR, Vans skateboarding legends Tony Alva and Ray Barbee, rounded out by a warm welcome from Master of Ceremonies, Vans’ own Steve Van Doren.

With steadfast leadership from the CRC’s Renata Von Tscharner and enthusiastic commitment by Vans, the $5M, 40,000-square-foot Lynch Family Skatepark project has finally triumphed after being in the works for more than a decade. Vans’ contribution to the city’s laborious efforts provided the final dollars needed to begin construction, and in addition to this support, Vans has secured giving $25,000 each year for seven years to the DCR for ongoing maintenance of the skatepark.

“Since our founder left Massachusetts to start up Vans in California, we have sought ways to give back to our original New England roots,” said Vans and VF Action Sports President Kevin Bailey. “Vans is honored to join the city of Boston, the DCR and all the dignitaries who worked so hard to make this happen, to provide a platform for locals to express themselves through skateboarding as our brand has done for nearly 50 years. Vans’ commitment to this incredible partnership is strong and spirited, and we look forward to supporting the Lynch Family Skatepark for many years to come.”

Moving forward, Vans plans to partner with the new skatepark to host world class competitions, local skate and BMX clinics, and community events year round. The Lynch Family Skatepark is owned and maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and will be open from dawn to dusk. Visit for more details on the project’s background.



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