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Skateboarders request new skate park in the Bronx

Posted: 3:27 PM, Jun 07, 2014
Updated: 2014-06-07 15:32:40-04

The Williamsbridge Oval in the Norwood section of the Bronx has become a destination for neighbors.

Skateboarders are hoping the city will consider adding an area designated for them.

A group has appeared before the local community board and has the support of the park’s advocates, Friends of the Williamsbridge Oval.

A spokesperson for the New York City Parks Department says a skate area was originally considered for the park, but community board members voted to fund other improvements at the time.

The current Bronx Community Board 7 has now voted to approve the skate area. The Bronx Borough President’s office is also supportive.

$14.3 million has been spent on improvements to the location using money from a special fund dedicated for Bronx parks. They include new playgrounds, fields, restrooms, locker rooms, a fitness center,  and 2 basketball court. City Council funded the construction of a dog run last year.

The Bronx has 4 locations designated as skate parks. There are 6 in Queens, 4 in Brooklyn, 2 in Manhattan and one in Staten Island.

Click here to see the location of NYC’s Skate Parks .