The Lynch Family Skatepark


Plan rendering of the Lynch Family Skatepark. The skatepark, designed by Stantec, was constructed by ValleyCrest Landscape Developers. View an animated rendering of the completed park.


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Thanks to everyone who joined the Charles River Conservancy, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Vans, the Lynch Foundation and Master of Ceremonies Andy MacDonald as we celebrated the opening of the Lynch Family Skatepark on Saturday, November 14! See below for press coverage of this event.LFSP logo

Thanks to the hundreds of donors that made this park possiblelearn more about who they are.

A note about park operation: The Lynch Family Skatepark will be owned and maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The park will be open from dawn to dusk, like many other state parks. Safety gear is strongly encouraged, and while you are in the park, you are recreating at your own risk. DCR will soon post signage with park rules and is expected to install lighting in the spring.

November 20, 2015
Cambridge Chronicle: Skatepark opens in North Point Park
TransWorld Business: Vans Joins Lynch Family Skatepark at its Opening
Charlestown Patriot-Bridge: Skatepark Opens, Haven for Those with Wheels
NewBoston Post: Shredding New Worlds at the Lynch Family Skatepark

November 14, 2015 Skaters Rejoice at Opening of Lynch Family Skatepark
Boston Globe: Lynch Family Skatepark opens in Cambridge
WBUR: Photos: Designer Tests The Air Over New Skate Park
On CBS: Renowned Sculptor Helps Make Boston Skatepark a Reality
Boston Magazine: How a Tortoise and Hare Inspired the Lynch Family Skatepark

November 5, 2015
Media Advisory: Grand Opening: Lynch Family Skatepark
Boston Globe: Skateboarders do test run at Lynch Family Skatepark
On WBUR: ‘Psyched It’s Finally Here’: Long-Awaited Cambridge Skate Park To Open In November
Boston Globe: Lynch Family Skatepark to open mid-November




The Lynch Family Skatepark, adjacent to North Point Park, was a major capital project of the Charles River Conservancy. What began as an idea by renowned sculptor Nancy Schön, famous for her Tortoise and Hare and Make Way For Ducklings sculptures in Copley Square and the Boston Public Garden respectively, was carried forward by the Charles River Conservancy and has been more than a decade in the making. (Hear from Nancy herself about the importance of this park, courtesy of New England Cables News). The planning began in 2000, and in 2004, the Conservancy began to raise funds from individual donors and foundations for the project.


Context map: The Lynch Family Skatepark is located in the yellow area, at 0 Education Way.

The Conservancy hired Stantec to design the park, which was then constructed by ValleyCrest Landscape Development with specialty work completed by California Skateparks. Now that construction is completed, the park will be turned over to the CRC’s project partner, the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), who will manage the public facility.

The skatepark site is located in East Cambridge beneath the access ramps to I-93’s the iconic Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge. It is also adjacent to the North Bank Bridge, a newly constructed pedestrian bridge connecting North Point Park in Cambridge to Paul Revere Park in Charlestown. The “wheel-friendly” park is designed to accommodate skateboarders, BMX riders, and inline skaters and will include access around the skate plaza for spectators who wish to watch the athletes in action.

The skatepark has the capacity to support community clinics and events, as well as world-class competitions.The skatepark is designed as a one-of-a-kind facility that captures the creativity and aspirations of skaters from around the region, featuring design input from more than 400 local skaters and skateboarding professionals, including Boston area native Andy MacDonald (Andy was crowned as skateboarding’s World Champion eight years in a row in the World Cup Skateboard Series). Thanks to their involvement, skateboarders of all abilities now have the opportunity to experience street, transitional, and bowl elements throughout the park. The skatepark also includes replica features of unique skate areas throughout greater Boston to acknowledge local lore and pay homage to Boston’s skating community.

Check out the article Skate Park Fables, in the November 7, 2013 issue of Dig Boston to learn more about the history of the project.

To learn more about the skatepark, contact Project Coordinator Theresa Doherty at 617.300.8175 or  For press inquiries, please contact Director of Development and Communications SJ Port at 617.300.8172 or


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