ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Construction for the long-awaited Roc City Skate Park started on Wednesday. The skate park is part of the Roc the Riverway Project.

Mayor Lovely Warren and other local leaders and community advocates gathered at the park site to break ground.

In a statement, Warren expressed her gratitude to community members for supporting projects part of the ROC the Riverway.

“Together, we are moving the Finger Lakes forward and creating more jobs, safe and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities in Rochester.”

Jim Maddison, president of the Friends of the ROC City Skatepark called the groundbreaking a commencement ceremony in a statement.

“The sum of this partnership is much greater than the individual parts, and together can create a close community of people who are safe, healthy and living in wellness,” Maddison said.

The urban-style skate park will be a 14,300 square-foot custom concrete and wheel friendly area where skaters can practice or perfect those competitive skills.

The Rochester City Council approved funding and the new designs after the public weighed in on it last year. It’s a three-phase project.

According to Friends of Roc-City Skatepark, phases two and three would expand the park underneath the Susan B Anthony/ Fredrick Douglas bridge, but more funding is needed.

The costs of the park range over $1 million. Funds from Friends of Roc-City Skatepark have been allocated as well as state funds part of 13 different Roc the Riverway projects. 

The city was also given $250,000 from legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk’s foundation.

The project is expected to be complete in the fall of 2020.