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City of Rochester budgets $100K for downtown skate park

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Supporters of a Rochester skate park are one step closer to having a park of their own in downtown Rochester. 

Mayor Lovely Warren’s proposed budget includes $100,000 for the project. If it happens — the skate park will be built underneath the Frederick Douglas and Susan B.  Anthony bridges. 

The Friends of ROC City Skate Park tell News 8 that in three years we can expect to see major changes. 

Every third Monday night, inside Breaking Free Skate Park is ‘Ladies Skate Night’ hosted by Scarlett Markham. Markham created this event to give women a safe place to enjoy skating until there is an urban skate park that she hopes is safe, well-designed, and functional in the community. 

Alan Presutti, the president of the Friends of ROC City Skate Park, tells News 8 their proposal could cost between $1 and 4 million to build, but the end result is another area that brings culture to downtown and a space for all families to enjoy. 

Presutti says now that there is financial support from the city they can now move forward with fundraising and he also says there is talk that the city could possibly help them source a grant writer. 

“What it gives the group is some stability, and creditability that they have the municipal government and support of the project of what they are doing,” said Marisol Lopez, Commissioner for Recreation and Youth Services.

The City of Rochester plans to break ground in two to three years. City Council still needs to approve Mayor Warren’s budget plan.

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