A slew of elected and city officials recently came to Astoria to a unique 21,500-square-foot skate park, which rests on the foot of the RFK Bridge overlooking the midtown Manhattan skyline.
Councilmember Peter Vallone allocated $1 million for this project and oversaw its development from the beginning on the process. Mayor Michael Bloomberg allocated $619,000.
The skate park features multiple levels, stairs with rails, banks, obstacles and ledges. The ground’s smooth surfaces are attributed to a high-grade concrete, which offers a comfortable and safe ride for skaters. It can also accommodate all levels of skating. The open design and radiating paths allow other park users to enjoy the views of the water and watch the skate park users.
“We can now cross ‘state-of-the-art skate park with majestic views’ off the ever-shortening list of what Astoria doesn’t have,” Councilmember Vallone joked. “The only thing about the park more fulfilling than seeing it completed is seeing our kids enjoying the space.”