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Lynch Family Skate Park

A destination for skaters

Boston, Massachusetts

This skate park has been a long time coming. The Charles River Conservancy, the nonprofit organization building the park, spent nearly a decade raising money and generating the public support needed to move the project along. Our expertise, in both designing skate parks and working with city agencies on permits and other site development issues, was the final piece of the puzzle and the spark to get the project off the ground.

Once a contaminated site, the new skate park is situated under a ramp of the Zakim Bridge at the edge of the Charles River. With a new pedestrian park on one side and a commuter rail yard and gravel plant on the other, the skate park is the perfect middle ground between the contrasts of recreation and creativity and the industrial tinged edge of the skateboarding culture. Guided by the desire to create a community space, we held several public meetings to solicit input and garner support. Based on that input, our park design draws from the local artwork and city features that have come to define Boston’s skateboarding scene while incorporating local materials, nods to local sports teams, and other elements that mark it as uniquely Boston. 

Elevating Boston’s skateboarding scene

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<p>I would say this skatepark is probably one of the most significant projects that I can think of on the East Coast. Boston has always had a great skate scene, but they’ve never had a good size regional skate park. And being here, in this historical setting really sets the tone to set it apart from anything else on the East Coast. It is big, it’s spread out, and it has a little bit of everything for all users, all ages, all skill levels.</p> <p>One of the key things to bring all of this together was all of the community input that we had. Working with the community, having the input meetings to find out what everyone really wanted in the skatepark, helped to dial in everything you see in there today.</p> <p>Voice of Mike McIntyre</p> <p>Skatepark Designer</p> <p>Stantec</p> <p>Incorporating areas of homage to the Boston skate community and elements of attraction to the first time user, was paramount to the success. The integration of sight lines to and from the park, overall approach to the entrance with the creation of a barrier free park environment was challenging, but the net result was all of the elements the community wanted incorporated, from the pro bowl, hospital banks, ledges- were integrated for an amazing result. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Voice of Jarod Kershek</p> <p>Landscape Architect</p> <p>Stantec</p> <p>What a lot of people may not realize is that the skatepark started out as a brownfield site and through that, there was a lot of remediation that needed to be done to make it safe for people to skate in. Soil testing, contaminated soils, storm water, planning around access to the columns was also a big issue.</p> <p>Voice of Bill Minadeo</p> <p>VP of Sales/Builder</p> <p>California Skateparks</p> <p>Well, I mean it’s been a mission for us but for the city it’s been, you know, ten times that mission. We learned yesterday that the like first inquiry about this park was in 1997; the first phone call that was like “let’s do a skatepark here,” so I think it’s going to be a great place, it’s gonna be a great thing for Boston without a doubt and I’m super happy to be a part of making all of this into a reality.</p> <p>Voice of Karl Haglund</p> <p>Senior Planner&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Department of Conservation and Recreation</p> <p>Having the curvature of the ramps overhead, having the views of the Zakim Bridge, and the North Bank Pedestrian Bridge; I think this is a great atmosphere to skate in, even though I’m not a skater.</p> <p>Voice of SJ Port</p> <p>Director of Development and Communications</p> <p>Charles River Conservancy</p> <p>This is the first home that the state park system has accepted for skateboarders into their portfolio of parks. Renata von Tscharner, our president and founder, is really the visionary behind this.</p> <p>Voice of Renata von Tscharner</p> <p>Founder and President</p> <p>Charles River Conservancy</p> <p>Today on this park, I know your legendary skill will shine</p> <p>Unnamed Speakers at Park Opening</p> <p>Everything here that’s happening today is a miracle. This is a sanctuary, and it’s not just for skateboarders, it’s for the entire community; it’s for the kids, it’s for their parents, it’s for all generations of kids.</p> <p>And this park will be open for the first time: one, two, three, cut!</p>

Visualizing the build

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