The Lynch Family Skatepark

October 23, 2014 - A historic day for the Lynch Family Skatepark! Photo Credit: Topher Baldwin

October 23, 2014 – A historic day for the Lynch Family Skatepark! From the left: Brian Swett from the City of Boston, State Rep. Jay Livingstone, State Senator Sal DiDomenico, Cambridge City Councilor Marc McGovern, Vans’ Steve Van Doren, Joe Ciaglia from California Skateparks, CRC’s Renata von Tscharner, Stantec’s Mike McIntyre, DCR Commissioner Jack Murray, EEA Secretary Maeve Bartlett, US Congressman Michael Capuano, Lynch Foundation’s Peter Lynch, State Rep. Tim Toomey, skating legends Tony Alva and Christian Hosoi, and Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung. Photo Credit: Topher Baldwin

PROJECT UPDATES

October 23, 2014
The Charles River Conservancy, in partnership with DCR and Vans, broke ground on the Lynch Family Skatepark at 9:00 AM on Thursday, October 23. We would like to share a heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended, despite the heavy rains and gusts of winds from a nor’easter! We would also like to thank everyone who has helped us reach this point – far more people than could be named here!

Read the press release and check out photos of the event!

On WBUR: Boston is Finally Getting a Skate Park
In the Boston Globe: Ground is broken for Cambridge skate park project
On BNN: Groundbreaking held for Charles River Skatepark

August 25, 2014
In the Boston Globe: Long-awaited skate park picks up momentum

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Many thanks to Vans, who has committed to providing $1.5 million towards construction of the skate park, as well as $25,000 to DCR each year for seven years for ongoing maintenance! Click to see the press release.

In the Boston Business Journal: Funding will boost new skate park planned for underneath the Zakim Bridge ramps

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We have selected  ValleyCrest Landscape Development, Inc. as General Contractor and Skatepark builder California Skateparks for the construction of the Lynch Family Skate Park.

January 27, 2014
The Conservancy received several construction bids from general contractors; the review process is underway to select a contractor.

December 19, 2013
Pre-bid conference on location at skate park site in Cambridge.

December 10, 2013
With 100% design and construction documents completed by our designers Stantec, CRC issued an “invitation to bid” to contractors for the skate park.

November 2013
Governor Deval Patrick signed into law H. 2892 “An Act designating a certain parcel in the city of Cambridge as the Lynch Family Skate Park.”

September 2013
With permitting finalized by the Cambridge Conservation Commission, the skate park design team has now completed the 100% draft design and construction documents, which are currently under review by various state agencies including MassDEP, DCR, MWRA, MassDOT, and MBTA.

 

PROJECT BACKGROUND

The future skate park adjacent to North Point Park is a major capital project of the Charles River Conservancy (CRC). 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, and carried forward by the Charles River Conservancy, the project is more than a decade in the making. In 2004, the Conservancy began to raise funds from individual donors and private foundations for the project. Throughout this period the Conservancy and its project partner, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), have been planning and designing this state of the art recreational facility, which will be the first large-scale skate park in New England.

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Context map – location of future skate park – yellow area.

The skate park site is located in East Cambridge beneath the ramps to the iconic Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, adjacent to the North Bank Bridge, a newly constructed pedestrian bridge connecting North Point Park to Paul Revere Park in Charlestown. Scheduled to break ground in 2014, the “wheel-friendly” park is designed to accommodate skateboarders, BMX riders, and inline skaters and will include seating and access around the skate plaza for spectators who wish to watch the athletes in action.  The skate park will have the capacity to support community clinics and events, as well as world-class competitions.

Skaters at Design Studio

Skate park design charrette with local skaters.

The design is intended to be 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 will have the opportunity to experience street, transitional, and bowl elements throughout the park. The skate park design also includes replica features of unique skate areas throughout greater Boston to acknowledge local lore and pay homage to Boston’s skating community.

In addition to being built on reclaimed industrial land, the skate park aims to maximize “green” elements throughout design and construction, including 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. The Conservancy is working closely with our designers at Stantec to develop the site in a manner that ensures the ecological integrity of the adjacent Charles River and blend aesthetically with the existing surrounding parkland.

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 skate park, contact Project Coordinator Theresa Doherty at 617.300.8175 or tdoherty@thecharles.org.  For press inquiries, please contact Director of Development and Communications, SJ Port at 617.300.8172 or sjport@thecharles.org.

To support the skate park project, please make a gift to the Charles River Conservancy today!