Replace the DIY Skatespot at Cassidy Playground in Boston with new skateable elements
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Boston is starved for safe and permitted skateboard areas. Throughout the city there are hundreds of amazing recreational facilities for Basketball, Tennis, Baseball, Soccer and other traditional activities, but there are only 3 spaces for skateboarding, most of which are dated or insufficient for the needs of the thousands of Boston skateboarders.
More than 10 years ago local skateboarders took matters into their own hands and started building their own DIY ramps in an underused area of Cassidy Playground by Cleveland Circle. Over the years the ramps expanded and improved, with thousands of skaters using the space. Cassidy is slated for a complete overhaul, and the Boston skateboarding community is asking for some kind of replacement with the new park design.
We are not looking for a full blown skatepark, just some sort of small parcel where we can safely skate and enjoy the beautiful park space without hassle in the city where we live, work, and pay taxes.
Skateboarding is a healthy recreational activity that encourages creative expression and inclusion for all ages. Some of the many benefits that a skatespot brings to the community are:
- Healthy activity that combats obesity
- Free & accessible exercise
- Builds confidence & helps youth handle failure through personal progression of setting goals and receiving rewards. It builds perseverance and character
- Skateboarding is safer than more traditional activities such as Baseball, Soccer, Basketball, Bicycling and many others. The majority of injuries happen in areas with irregular ground, and is much safer in areas made for skateboarding. http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-skateboarding-safety.aspx
- Best of all skateboarding is all-inclusive, and this potential skatespot will be used by male and female skaters of all ages from 5 to 50+, from all types of financial and ethnic backgrounds. Skateboarding is universal!
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