Roc City Skate park plans unveiled
Posted at: 04/11/2013 6:54 AM
| Updated at: 04/12/2013 12:03 AM
By: Lynette Adams | WHEC.com
The city says it will be a destination point and increase tourism. For the first time, News10NBC is getting a glimpse of what the proposed $2 million Rochester Urban Skate Park would look like.
The project designers unveiled two potential concepts. One that has more of what's known as snake runs. The other is more skateboarding bowls.
Local citizens are working with the city to create a 75,000 square foot park on South Avenue under the Frederick Douglas-Susan B. Anthony Bridge. The two designs incorporate artistic features with urban plaza type ledges, walking and bike paths and room for a host of other amenities.
Parents and skate boarders alike like what they see.
Mike Maher, skateboarder, said, “The walkway path is incredible, people can actually watch from the raised area, that's like the coolest thing and the amphitheater over the bowl. Definitely has some concepts that are mind blowing, really, sweet.”
Jennifer Wagner, parent, said, said, “It can be a great public venue for anyone whether you're a skater or not. But we're always so worried about our youth, are they making the right choices and we as citizens need to support our youth in positive activities and skateboarding is a positive activity.”
The skate park is still two years away, but News10NBC wanted to get more information about the park, like who will pay for it and if the city of Rochester will be on the hook if someone gets injured.
Luis Burgos heads the City of Rochester Bureau of Recreation. He Is overseeing the park, and was at tonight's meeting. News10NBC wanted to know about the cost of this park. The price tag is estimated at $2 million.
“The closest adjacent park to that is Manhattan Square Park. We've over the past 10 years have invested over $6 million just rehabilitating that park, so when you look at it from that perspective, building a new facility from scratch, it's reasonable,” said Burgos.“There is the liability issue. One of the reasons many communities have grappled with this issue is because of the liability. How will the City of Rochester handle that in case someone gets injured and sues or wants to sue the city. Well this is going to be designed for skateboarding, so its built to be safe.”
Burgos says national studies indicate skateboarding injuries are relatively low compared to other sports. Burgos says this park is a win for the city and it's citizens. It provides a recreational outlet for skateboards and others, will improve a section of the city that in his words is an eyesore. This will also be the largest skate park in the country, so he says it will boost tourism.
Friends of the Roc City Skate park have been raising money to pay for it and will continue to do so, with the hope of having all of the money by the Summer of 2015. That's when the crews are scheduled to break ground.