BAY RIDGE — A trio of skate aficionados have teamed as much as revamp a bit-recognized Brooklyn skate spot and reclaim a forgotten piece of the town’s skateboarding historical past.
Inbuilt 2001, Millenium Skate Park is wedged between Owl’s Head Park and the freeway in Bay Ridge. It was designed by Andy Kessler, a outstanding thrasher and graffiti artist who has been referred to as “the catalyst for skateboarding in New York Metropolis.”
The park fell into disrepair through the years, however has attracted a devoted following who’re partnering with the Parks Division to revamp it with shred-worthy upgrades.
“The objective is to deliver the skate park again to the group,” stated Harlem resident Ian Clarke, of the NYC Skate Coalition. “And one other a part of the objective is for the [Parks Department] to know how skateboarding has been creating in New York. It’s not simply teenage boys — it is attorneys, docs, scientists. It is a wholesome group.”
Clarke and two others — Blake Sandberg, who lives in Park Slope and runs the one-man skate boarding firm Severed Leg Productions, and George Picasso, a faithful skate dad to his eleven-yr-previous son Georgie, generally known as Georgie the Brooklyn Destroyer, in Bay Ridge — make up the Buddies of Owl’s Head Skatepark. The trio met in on skate scene and have been advocating for repairs and upgrades to the course for the previous few months.
Millennium is a transitional skate park with ramps, banks and bowled corners, however it’s distinctive as a result of it’s one of many solely spots within the metropolis that pairs a squared off bowl and a six-foot deep pool, good for carving, Sandberg stated.
“It attracts individuals from far and wide,” stated Sandberg. “The options are distinctive. It is acquired its personal factor happening.”
Final week the Parks Division gave “the beloved area slightly additional TLC” by repairing coping on the lip of the pool for a smoother, much less damage susceptible experience, crammed in cracks, painted, and chopped foliage drooping dangerously close to the course, in line with Parks Division spokeswoman Maeri Ferguson and common skaters.
The repaired coping alongside the lip of the pool makes for smoother, safer skate periods. Every darkish grey blot is a spot the place the Parks Division fastened up the…