Updated 03/15/2013 12:19 PM
Update on Proposed Downtown Rochester Skate Park
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Proponents of a skatepark in downtown Rochester met with city development leaders and neighbors Friday morning to fill them in the proposed plan.
The park has been five years already in the making. The City of Rochester has helped with some seed money to now do a feasibility study and architects are already coming up with designs.
The park would be located on the east side of the Genesee River under the Douglass Anthony Bridge. Organizers want to create a 75,000 square foot park, making it the largest in North America.
It could also include areas for bicyclists and pedestrians. The hope is that would give skaters a legal place to skate while bringing events and tourists to the area.
Jim Maddison from Friends of Roc City Skate Park said, "This is an important endeavor in a bunch of ways. For childhood obesity issues, for economic development issues with the largest skatepark in North America, it'll have a tremendous impact on downtown foot traffic which is critical for retail business. We think it'll have a some job creation."
Organizers say the city has money slated in its Capital Improvement Program to make the park a reality, but the group is fundraising to help offset the $2 million price tag.