The clouds and rain did not dampen the spirits of those who came out for the ribbon cutting for the new Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Skatepark at Central Park! I was happy to welcome the first round of skaters with Parks Superintendent, Eric Knepp, Patrick Hasburgh with the Madison Skatepark Fund, representatives of The Goodman Foundation, Willy Street Co-op, Madison Community Foundation, Great Dane Pub, Madison Parks Foundation, Dane County PARC, Marquette Neighborhood Association, and many other donors and supporters to celebrate the project's completion.
The skatepark, located in Central Park at 202 S. Ingersoll St. is approximately 20,000 square feet and offers street skating obstacles and two bowls. The deepest bowl is designed to represent the empty swimming pools used by Southern California skaterboarders in the 70s. The second bowl ranges in depths of 4-7 feet and is considered a "flow" bowl for easier skater in and out transitions.
The skatepark is a wonderful addition to Central Park and many years in the making. Leaders of the Madison Skatepark Fund began fundraising 14 years ago and did not let this dream die.
Be sure to swing by Central Park and break in the new skatepark!