Riverside Skatepark Now Named After Andy Kessler

Posted on: July 3rd, 2013 at 6:03 am by
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[Photo: Riverside Skatepark]There’s a big streetside push to promote Riverside Skatepark on the Upper West Side. A team of neighborhood skate shops – Labor, Shut, Reciprocal, Blades, Paragon – have been doling postcards around the city to help get the word out.

Riverside Skatepark – located at 108th Street – opened for the season on May 16. That’s two months earlier than 2012. However, there are new rules for thrill seekers. The Parks Department now requires helmets and full pads for all skaters, a departure from previous years. In comparison, our own Coleman Skatepark has no such mandate.

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[Photo: Riverside Skatepark]The Parks Department will officially rechristen the Riverside destination as the “Andy Kessler Memorial Skatepark.” Kessler was a prolific skater and graffiti writing member of Zoo York. Raised nearby, this part of town was his haunt. He passed away in 2009 from a wasp sting in Montauk.

A team of volunteers has been repairing various of obstacles since opening.

10-foot half pipe with 1-foot vert
6-foot 6-inch mini half pipe
3-foot 6-inch quarter pipe
And more…

New Summer hours:
Mon: 11am-7pm
Tues: closed
Wed: closed
Thu: 11am-7pm

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[Photo: Riverside Skatepark]

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