Jersey City is Getting a Proper Concrete Skatepark

March 5th, 2015 | 1:06 pm | Daily News | 7 Comments

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A few days late on this, whatever.

And look, Tony, dude, I’m sorry I linked that soundbyte of Tas Pappas telling you to fuck off on Monday.

As per an announcement several days ago, Jersey City was awarded a $25K grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation, which facilitates the construction of a public skatepark in a zone with “at-risk youth.” The park will be a part of the Berry Lane Park development off Communipaw Avenue. Berry Lane is less than a ten-minute skate away from the current site of the Jersey City junk spot, and near the Garfield Avenue Light Rail station. Considering most sections of the neighborhood currently look like this, it’s quite an upgrade. Can’t tell where inside the park the skatepark is though.

We’ll leave the pontificating re: skateparks “homogenizing style” or whatever to the Slap boards and interviews about “the state of skateboarding.” We’ve eased up on skatepark-averse news coverage these past five years. Jersey City isn’t a prime example of forward-thinking recreational space, so prior to this week, this looked like it would’ve been in endless limbo. Skaters in Jersey City have subsided on the Rink and their D.I.Y. spot for the past half-decade, without much else to skate hassle-free. This is the first concrete park in a major city in New Jersey (edit: disregard that, Elizabeth had a concrete park for a few years); it’s absurd it has taken this long.

This is a win-win for everyone. The park is slated to open by the end of 2015. Much respect to all the people who lobbied for the park and made it happen :)

P.S. Not to downplay the contribution by people at the Hawk Foundation whatsoever, but how insane is it that a baseball foundation gives them $173.5k for lights and a scoreboard?

Lights and a scoreboard. $173.5K. Who, like, even plays baseball anymore?

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7 Comments

Comment by J
  • lol

    of course they put this shit in the middle of the hood lmao

    March 5, 2015 @ 1:13 pm
  • Comment by hick
  • gonna be another dead drop for fiends and stickup boys

    March 5, 2015 @ 1:23 pm
  • Comment by Brendan
  • looks pretty cool….looks very similar to the one in elizabeth off route 1&9 by the airport. similar in design and locale.

    March 5, 2015 @ 2:16 pm
  • Comment by elliott
  • any way of finding out who wrote the grant proposal?

    March 6, 2015 @ 12:09 am
  • Comment by Fuckingfuck
  • Snack man, dude, really! Apologizing to Hawk, save It!

    March 8, 2015 @ 3:56 pm
  • Comment by Llew
  • That’s crazy about that only being the 2nd cement skatepark in all of New Jersey. They really got robbed by the lames that makes those prefab parks.

    March 11, 2015 @ 1:33 pm
  • Comment by Snack
  • It’s not the 2nd cement park in Jersey, just the 2nd cement one in a major city, i.e. Elizabeth is a major city, Sayerville (cement park) is not.

    March 13, 2015 @ 11:20 am
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