State grant will pave way for expansion of ROC City Skate Park
A $3 million grant from the New York State Department of State will allow the city of Rochester to move forward with phases two and three of the ROC City Skate Park.
The additions will include another 11,200 square feet of skate area, restrooms, event space and associated site improvements.
The ROC City Skate Park is located on what was essentially unbuildable land and provides recreational activities on the edge of downtown and the South River Corridor.
Phase one of the ROC City Skate Park was completed in 2020 with 14,300 square feet of skate area and associated site amenities, using $1 million from the state as part of the ROC the Riverway initiative. The latest funding is included in the city’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.
“The ROC City Skate Park is a hugely popular downtown destination that attracts a wide variety of users from the surrounding neighborhoods and the region,” Mayor Malik Evans said in a news release. “This grant enables us to increase the amount of beginner-friendly skate areas and include educational and entertainment spaces at the Park, which is a safe, fun and active space in the heart of our city, so we are very excited to expand it.”
Three options for the expansion have been created by architectural and engineering firm Stantec and Newline Skateparks, a skatepark design and construction firm based in British Columbia. The proposed site plans are available on the city website.
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