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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2012 Archives > September 2012 > Mayor Brown Seeks Public Input On City’s First Skate Plaza

Mayor Brown Seeks Public Input On City’s First Skate Plaza

Contact:  Colleen Young (716) 535-0026

                 Lorey Schultz (716) 851-5545

Skatepark Design Workshop’ is scheduled for September 26, 2012; members of Buffalo’s skateboarding community can offer feedback on the proposed design of the $250,000 city owned park

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BUFFALO– September 19, 2012-Mayor Byron Brown, along with members of Buffalo’s active skateboarding community, today invited skate enthusiasts to work alongside internationally recognized New Line Skateparks Inc. at an upcoming public meeting on the design of a $250,000 Skate Plaza planned for LaSalle Park in Buffalo. The LaSalle Park Skate Plaza ‘Skatepark Design Workshop’ is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 6-8 pm at The Belle Center, located at 104 Maryland Street.

"The LaSalle Park Skate Plaza will be the first of its kind in Buffalo and Western New York and one of the only downtown skate parks in the country,” said Mayor Brown.  “Our city’s young people have been asking for a safe and dedicated location for skating where they can focus their energy outside of school. I look forward to their input as we move forward on this project that will not only serve local skateboard fans, but has the potential to attract skate tourists that will benefit the entire city.”

Next week’s design workshop will be facilitated by the City of Buffalo Division of Parks and Recreation, the design team of New Line Skateparks Inc, and members of Buffalo’s skateboarding community who have partnered with the city on this project.  Skateboarders and those interested in the project are invited to attend the workshop so community ideas can be incorporated into the park’s design.

The company designing Buffalo’s new skate plaza is considered the design-build leader in integrated skateboarding landscapes. Its mission is to create a meaningful connection between skateboarders and communities in which they live. The corporation has worked on projects that have spanned from Canada and the United States, to Europe and South America.

The City of Buffalo allocated $100,000 in 2012 capital funds for the first phase of the project which could start by the end of the year with ground preparations at the site where the concrete Skate Plaza will be built.  The target date of completion is summer 2013.  A second public hearing to review the final skate park design will be held in mid-October.