PLATTSBURGH — The Lake Champlain Transportation Company has pledged $100,000 to the city of Plattsburgh to redevelop and redevelop a permanent skate park in Melissa L. Penfield Park.
“All of us who grew up here looked at the same tired old skatepark gear in Penfield. Our community has asked for a place where young people and teenagers can go and hang out and this partially addresses that concern,” said City of Plattsburgh Mayor Chris Rosenquest.
“While $100,000 won’t do all the work, it is absolutely a step in the right direction and hopefully will encourage other employers and local organizations to heed the call to action.” Many thanks to Lake Champlain Transportation Company and its team for taking over this initiative.
The announcement came from Mayor Rosenquest halfway through Parks Come Alive! event on Thursday July 7th.
The skate park, which has been around for decades, has given people a place to relax and practice their tricks.
Long-time visitor Bruce Chubb recalls late-night skate sessions as his kids now ride scooters and green tricycles around the skate park.
“I’ve been coming here since 2003,” Chubb said.
“I remember shredding those same ramps with my friends when I was maybe 13. In the fall when the sun went down at 4 or 5 o’clock, those big lights around us would come on and we were training at night.”
The old skatepark still sees plenty of riders on its ramps and rails, but with a few upgrades, Chubb thinks the park can once again become a real skater hotspot.
“One change that I would personally like to see is the refinished floor, smoother, better for the boards and easier to fall off,” Chubb said.
“Maybe a new plaza setting would be nice too.”
ATTRACT MORE SKATERS
Plans for the new permanent skate park will be included in the parks renewal project currently under development. A larger $1.5 million project to redesign five parks in the city of Plattsburgh is also underway.
“I think it’s great,” said Vincent Place.
“People still come here, but if it’s improved or redone, a lot more skaters will come and use it. I think it would be nice to include something smaller for the kids to practice in, but there’s plenty of room to play.
The main thing Place wanted to see was a redefined stream of the park. The placement of ramps, rails, half pipes and other ledges, edges and surfaces play a key role in the flow of a skate park.
“It’s really all about flow, and the current setup only offers part of that.” Place said.
The project is in the public outreach phase and the public is encouraged to offer comments or suggestions. Visit https://tinyurl.com/3my3a6tc to learn more.
“I’m super excited about this,” Chubb said.