Beginning of a Skate Park in Brooklyn Heights?

10/06/2010 1:06 PM |

Christian Hosoi
  • Now that, right there, is a skater.

I’m a little bit confused by this Brooklyn Paper story about a refurbished park space (called, unfortunately, “Squibb Park”) in Brooklyn Heights. The author (the indefatigable Aaron Short) seems pretty “stoked” about a new mecca for Heights skaters to practice “landing that killer nollie you’ve been working on” (yes, you!). Ok, cool, more skateparks are always a good thing. But then there’s this:

Right now, the “skate park” is more like a skate space. Flat, multi-colored rubber covers the entirety of the lot, with a few benches here and there and a small bathroom building sits near the entrance.

Droop. Just a “skate space”? With rubber? And a small bathroom building? Meh. Oh but wait! That might not be all! According to the designer of the space, Paula Hewitt Amram, a few more skatepark-like objects will be added, like cement boxes that can double as seats. Woot.

So, ok. Maybe there’s a skatepark in Brooklyn Heights, now, or at least soon. Maybe. (Don’t worry, we’ll be sending over the L Mag‘s resident skaters to road test the spot, so we’ll get back to you.)

2 Comment

  • Rubber mats do not seem like the ideal surface for landing anything, let alone “killer nollies,” though for slamming I’m sure they are preferable to unadorned concrete.

  • The surface isn’t rubber, it’s an engineered acrylic, the same surface at 12 + A. (known around the world as the smoothest skatepark) The designers and builders of the concrete ledges (to be installed within the month) are Rodney Torres and Joseph Delgado, http://www.rodneytorresnyc.com/main.html. Since they helped build the Maloof park, it should be pretty proper.
    Paula Hewitt Amram