Parks Department Locks Coleman Skatepark Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Posted on: April 8th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Photo: Dallas J. Short

Kids will be kids, rebelling against the authority. In this case, skateboarders who defied “social distancing” mandates to grind it out at Coleman Skatepark.

The popular skater haunt – situated on Monroe Street beneath the Manhattan Bridge – remained so despite the COVID-19 outbreak. Even after the city closed the adjacent field and playground last month. A resident across the street noted that just last week, there were crowds of up to forty skaters at Coleman.

Yesterday afternoon, however, the city finally decided to lock the gates. Parks Department workers were seen sealing the entrance, as well as gaps in the chain-link through which skaters could pass. The closure is one of many in the scene.

Photo: Dallas J. Short

“We are in the process of closing skate parks citywide,” a Parks spokesperson told us in an email. “Coleman Skate Park closed earlier yesterday.”

Of course, these measures likely won’t stop thrill-seekers, who will likely just scale the fence.

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