Rockaway Skate Park getting a new mini-bowl
by Patrick Kearns
Jun 16, 2015 | 5192 views | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In 2012 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s destructive power, the skate park at 91st Street was leveled. It was never the prettiest spot, but it was still beloved by local skaters.

Now thanks to local Jimmy Dowd, owner of St. James Clothing, and Patrick Smith, owner of CODA Skateboards, the skating community will have a mini-bowl to join their mini-ramp and other pieces on 91st Street.

“The Rockaway community is a special community, with what they go through and the size of the community,” Smith said when reached by phone on Monday. “It’s a little tighter-knit community. It seems like everybody is helping each other out.”

This project has been no different. The ramp is being assembled and weatherproofed in Rockaway thanks to volunteers who heard about the effort on social media. And Rockaway locals are there to lend a helping hand, even if it’s just to stop by and drop off water for the volunteers.

The actual bowl was built for a pop-up shop courtesy of Converse and Noah Clothing with the knowledge that it would eventually have to be moved.

“We’ve been building something once a year with whatever we can scrap together,” Smith said.

It was the mini-ramp that first gave skaters from the city a reason to head to Rockaway. Now, a mini-bowl joins the ramps and rails in a full-looking skate park with unique beach views.

The park is a unique reflection on Rockaway, cobbled together after being destroyed by anyone who considers Rockaway home.

“It’s awesome out there,” Smith said of Rockaway. “Everybody comes out and helps.”

In addition to being a testament to the Rockaways, it’s a positive reflection on the city’s community of skateboarders and their do-it-yourself ethos.

“It’s also the beauty of skateboarding and the skateboarding community,” said Smith. “People like to get involved. The more they get involved they more they feel like part of the process. They’re actually building a part of the community.”

Since the mini-ramp is located right next to the ocean, it has to be proofed in Skatelite. That material, along with marine-grade plywood for the decks and enclosures and incidental lumber and building materials is going to cost about $7,000.

To raise the funds, Smith has set up a GoFundMe page, which, at press time, has already raised $1,565 with 23 donors. Any additional funds raised will go directly to benefit Andy Kessler Foundation, which provides community outreach to people in need through art, music, and skateboarding.

For more information, visit: http://www.gofundme.com/rockawayminibowl

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