I first heard rumors on the Highbridge skatepark getting built around 2011 from the good homies over at NYSkateboarding.com. The yet to be finished skatepark is in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, and set to be NYC’s largest open-to-the-public skatepark to date. There may be some bickering Betties complaining that the park is just another “outdoor cage”, but in reality it’s laid out quite well, and a third of the park is under a bridge overpass to keep you skating even if a storm cloud appears from out the blue.
The park was reportedly designed by the DOT in conjunction with Steve Rodriguez of 5Boro. Rodriguez is definitely not new to this line of work, and in my eyes, has definitely utilized every corner of space the city provided for this project, to make yet another awesome skatepark for the city. With that being said, the initial date the city set for the park’s grand opening passed over a year and a half ago. Manhattan Times News reported the reason for the delay was “Governor Patterson put all state-funded construction projects on hold until the legislature approves a budget, threatening construction on the Hamilton Bridge”. Nonetheless, the Highbridge Skatepark is damn near complete. With how awesome the park is starting to look, to the skate-chafing Uptown locals, the park is already seeing it’s worth of shreddin’.
If the city overly prolongs it’s efforts to finishing this projects, we’ll begin to see cops busting underage kids for BNE or loitering at an unfinished park underneath some bridge. When that happens, hopefully it’ll generate enough revenue to finally get’er done.
Cheers and keep pushin’!- russian_steve