By Laignee Barron / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
The city is moving forward with plans to build the largest skateboard park in the five boroughs — and finally end a longstanding headache for Washington Heights residents.
The park, which will be ready by the fall, officials say, was designed by Steve Rodriguez, New York’s skateboarding king and founder of skateshop 5boro, to give local sk8terboys something to do beyond annoying their neighbors.
“The reality is more kids today take up skateboarding in the United States than take up baseball,” said Rodriguez, who also mentioned the lack of skating plazas for uptowners.
Currently skaters say their neighborhood has plenty of good places to skate, but those spots are subway grates, benches, and hospital steps, where the daredevils are frequently kicked out.
The skate park is intended to create a safe, local community space designed for kids to hang out and practice. It’s also the only skate park in the five boroughs that has enough lighting to permit skaters to stay longer during the shorter fall and winter days.
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