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Downtown skate park renderings released

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Rochester Business Journal
May 14, 2013

Skateboarders and BMX riders are getting a closer look at a proposed downtown park with new images released by the non-profit seeking to build it.

ROC City Skatepark and Stantec Inc.’s Sport Group released renderings that show the park’s layout and placement along the Genesee River and South Avenue. If built as designed, it would be the largest skate park in North America.

The company recently solicited ideas for the park during three public design charrettes and a Web-based portal for charrette participants. The concrete park would lie along the river, partially covered by the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge.

“Most obstacles are plaza-style that sort of emulate the city and the features (local enthusiasts) enjoy skating,” said James Maddison, board president of Friends of ROC City Skatepark.

The city of Rochester allocated $50,000 to Stantec for design work and a feasibility study to be completed by July 1. The park remains in the city’s capital improvements project budget at $2 million for 2015, Maddison said.

Friends of ROC City Skatepark anticipates the need to raise $150,000 during the remainder of 2013 to cover the costs of producing construction documents, he added. Naming rights and sponsorships could be part of the effort.

“Everything could go south tomorrow, but the momentum is very much in favor of this being realized,” Maddison said.

(c) 2013 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail service@rbj.net.


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