“The community has been rallied around this for many years with this being a now Olympic sport in this upcoming Olympics there is a lot of excitement building about us having this here and Rochester”
After City Council approved funding and a design firm to go forward with plans for a 38,000-square-foot skate park by the river, skaters will soon have a home.
“There are parking lots and in front of businesses so having an actual skate park will be a place where all of the folks who are skating downtown can find all the features they want at a place where skating is encouraged and the focus,” says Daniele Lyman-Torres.
Before plans for the park were put in place and then approved, the skating community said downtown residents weren’t necessarily the most supportive of their hobby.
“There’s been criminalization of skating in public and having a place to stay that is like open to that is going to be really good,” says Isabelle Barter, skate park supporter.
“Skateboarding is not a crime and people are going to skate,” adds Keegan Smith, supporter, “giving people a place to do it makes a lot of sense if they don’t have a skate park of course they’re going to skate in the street.”
Even though supporters say the burden shouldn’t have been on them and believe nuisance calls about skating are overreactions, they’re happy to have this space.