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CRDA Approves Skate Park for Atlantic City

At its Feb. 19 board meeting, the CRDA approved plans for a skate park that could be built by as early as this summer. A location is still being determined.

By Jeff Schwachter
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Stoked for a skate park in Atlantic City.

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ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY — At the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority's (CRDA) Tuesday, Feb. 19, board meeting in Atlantic City, the state entity approved plans for a skate park to be built in Atlantic City.

The CRDA has been discussing the possibility of a skate park since the fall of  2012, with the intention of bringing another non-gaming attraction, as well as providing more family-friendly options, to the resort.

In a January interview with Atlantic City Weekly CRDA head John Palmieri said the skate park could be completed by "late summer."

On Tuesday, according to NBC-40, Palmieri said: "We think we have the money set aside. We've identified the funding. We believe we have a good site but we may determine that there are other sites that we need to review as well."

Palmieri's personal choice for the skate park site is near The Walk, in a vacant lot adjacent to the new "Wave" parking garage (pictured in the Jan. 17 cover of Atlantic City Weekly; see below) in the Ducktown section of the city and near the entrance to the Atlantic City Expressway.
 

Board members ultimately will decide where the skate park will be built, which would have to get under way soon if a late summer grand opening is to be achieved.

As "non-gaming attractions" have become the buzz phrase in Atlantic City over the last couple of years or so, with the intention of offering more of a diverse entertainment palette for visitors and locals in Atlantic City to enjoy in conjunction with the city's Tourism District and Master Plan, the skate park, which already has local and regional — as well as national and professional — skaters and surfers "stoked," is on the right track towards that mission.
 
Jason Forslund, a local resident, surfer, founder of the Skate AC movement and president of the Atlantic City Skateboarding Association, says that he's excited about the swift progression of his skate park idea.

"This project is exciting for me because it's in Atlantic City," Forslund told Atlantic City Weekly following the CRDA board meeting. "It wasn't phoned in from New York or California or whatever, it's not being done by people who don't live here. It was born here, and now through a strong community of advocates and a forward-thinking CRDA board we are seeing it come to life.

"I am really excited for the youth of Atlantic City to have something to call their own, something that people from their own community created for them to enjoy. I started the Atlantic City Skateboarding Association to get us a skate park in Atlantic City, but now we hope it will turn into something bigger, something that inspires the youth of A.C. and surrounding communities to get involved in their own communities — to work together toward a common goal no matter what that goal is."

Forslund says that almost anything is possible as far as the skate park goes and what it can do to enhance the city and bring in events to the city.

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1. The Local 13 said... on Feb 20, 2013 at 01:35PM

“Respect AC WEEKLY! Thanks for always showing us love.”

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2. Timothy Greener said... on Feb 20, 2013 at 02:38PM

“...this sleeping giant of a project is going to wonders for AC. C'mon Tony Hawk, get involved! Let's make AC a true skating hot spot. The people will come. Good start folks.”

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