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Cambridge, MA, Expects to Build Skate Park This Fall

4 Sep, 2014


Long-Awaited Sports Facility Picking Up Momentum, Thanks to Grant from Retailer

According to an article in The Boston Globe, a proposed skate park in Cambridge, MA, is closer to becoming a reality.

While the proposed park had many advantages including a ready-made public and a great location, it was hampered by a $3 million development cost and reticent state recreation officials.

However, the article notes,

The recent announcement of a $1.5 million gift from Vans, the action sports apparel retailer, helps to solve the funding issue. Now the state Department of Transportation, which controls the reclaimed industrial land, needs to complete the land transfer to the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, which will maintain the skate park. Federal highway officials also must approve the transfer.

If all goes according to plan, the Lynch Family Skatepark — for the family of financial services guru Peter Lynch — should break ground in the fall. The venue should blend well with the broader effort to rejuvenate the parklands along the Charles River near North Station. More important, the skate park sends a powerful signal about an area that welcomes the edgier aspects of the youth culture and its role in shaping an innovative economy.

Read the full article here.

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