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Skaters stoked about gnarly new Downtown skatepark • Brooklyn Paper

Skaters stoked about gnarly new Downtown skatepark

Sick: Brunno Achcar and Michael Golazos enjoy the skatepark in Downtown’s newly revamped Goloconda Park.
Photo by Caleb Caldwell

Radical!

Officials unveiled a new public skatepark Downtown on Wednesday, and local thrashers say they’re stoked to have a place to shred that’s both gnarly and legal.

“It’s amazing, it’s better than most skateparks around,” said Fort Greene skateboarding enthusiast Brendan Johnson. “Now I have somewhere to go instead of skating in the streets and getting arrested.”

Win win: Kids say the skatepark will give them a place to board without having to break the law.
Photo by Caleb Caldwell

The state Department of Transportation offered to revamp Golconda Playground on Gold and Concord streets after taking over the concrete area in 2011 during its failed reconstruction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway above, when it used the area as a staging area to store equipment.

The state agency worked with the city’s Parks Department to overhaul the open space — which also includes refurbished handball and basketball courts — and local honchos said they’re happy to have helped create the dedicated boarding oasis so skaters will stop carving up regular parks.

“You can leave the monument in Fort Greene Park alone and now come here,” said city parks commissioner Mitchell Silver.

Flipping out: Skateboarders enjoy the opening of Golconda Park in Vinegar Hill.
Community News Group / Lauren Gill

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