The Time They Got It Right…

Why exactly skatepark designers, when put to task of maximizing on a space in New York City, have opted for throwing in everything throughout a park minus a regular ledge is anyone’s guess. Tribeca, Maloof, and Astoria barely have anything you could call a regular ledge, yet somehow, ledges would be on the top of the list if you ask someone what sort of spot they’d like to have more of in New York. Lenox is our best ledge spot, and five thousand people will come to the T.F. when there’s a new box. (But then again, many of us go to the T.F. for the culture, so the box is hardly an incentive.) By some miracle, McCarren got it right, and appropriately enough, the park is so awful that you could actually consider it to be a legitimate street spot.

The people at Open Road, California Skateparks, Friends of Douglass Greene Park, and the Tony Hawk Foundation were smart enough to figure out that the best thing for New York, a place where twenty people would line up to skate a concrete island into traffic in the back of Union Square, would be to put three ledge-like obstacles in a basketball court, as opposed to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to build a wedge ramp to a ledge with a Euro gap three feet after it. Now at Douglass Greene Park on 3rd Avenue and Degraw Street in Park Slope, they have a bench with one curved side and another straight side, a low manual pad, and an up-and-down sort of triangle ledge, all on familiar basketball court ground. Take the D, N or R to Union Street, skate north for two blocks, and make a left on Degraw.

Billy claims that the Parks Department still has all the original marble from Red Benches, BAM, etc. in storage. It’d definitely be a step in the right direction if they recycled it into a similar type of project instead of building six other skateparks that get crowded as soon as school gets out.

[Spotted via NY Skateboarding]

Here’s a quick clip by the crew over at Homage Skateshop from the first day of the spot:

19 Comments

  1. Say what you will, but a park like Chelsea Piers was greatly needed. Just as much as this. Looks like fun, thanks Billy.

  2. Oh, I agree 100%. Chelsea Piers is a skatePARK, not a skate “plaza,” which is why I excluded its name from the list of the three other parks. It’s perfectly fine for it to not have an area to learn a ledge trick because it’s meant for transition.

  3. I would have loved to skate all that stuff throughout my life. But now actually because of Chelsea Piers I’m going for VERT DOG!

  4. why can’t they put those in tompkins and just put and end to kooky middle aged hipsters playing foot hockey and the DA playing softball, go find some grass you assholes, theres so many other baseball fields that could house you

  5. Answered my own fucking question, my b. see you there when schools out!!!!

  6. im about to borrow my dads pick up truck and steal them shits bring em to TF so we all can skate it.

  7. We have too many crowded parks and not enough simple spots like this in the bay area. This deserves a visit next time I’m out in the east…

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  9. This is just the beginning for this park! But Quartersnacks forgot to give the real THANKS to HOMAGE SKATESHOP. Without the good folks at Homage, all their fundraising efforts, and tireless events in this forgotten park none of this would have happened.
    THANK YOU HOMAGE!!!!

  10. Curved bench and manual pad are flooded out.
    Triangle ledge thing isn’t in the middle of a fuckin’ river and is fun.


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