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New Public Skate Park Opens in Rye

June 29, 2007

While the sold-off remnants of SK8 Croton rot away next to a big pile of mulch in Croton’s Municipal Place gateway, the town of Rye and Westchester County are set celebrate the grand-opening of a new skate park.

On Monday, July 2, 2007 at 6:00 PM, dozens of area children will show off their ollies, railstands and other tricks when they try out the newest Westchester Legacy project—the all-new Skate Park—as part of the grand opening celebration, at Rye Recreation Park in Rye (download the event flyer). County Legislator Judy Myers and County Parks Commissioner Joseph Stout will represent County Executive Andy Spano, joining Rye City Mayor Steven Otis and other officials and guests.

The Skate Park, which will be operated by the City of Rye Recreation Department and open to all Westchester residents, was partially funded by the Legacy program, which was created by Spano in 2001 to protect and preserve open space while enhancing opportunities for active recreation. The project also received city funding and support from the Friends of Rye Recreation Skate Park.

“It is wonderful to see how well received our Legacy baseball and soccer fields have been throughout the county. Skate Park represents an exciting, new and appropriate direction for Legacy funding, as it furthers our mission to promote fitness, especially in our young people,” Spano said.

Legislator Myers, whose district includes the City of Rye, said, “I am thrilled that the county and the city have partnered to create this facility, where skaters can skate safely in a place made just for them.” Mayor Otis said, “Skate Park is a great enhancement to Recreation Park, and I look forward to continued partnership with the county moving forward.”

The event will also include demonstrations by professional skateboarders, music and “Jam Session” contests in which kids can win prizes in various categories by showing off their best skateboard tricks.

Rye Recreation Park is located at 281 Midland Avenue in Rye (map). From White Plains, take I-287 to exit 11 and turn right off the exit ramp. At the 5th light, bear left (across from Citibank). At the rotary, bear right again and follow to Rye Art Center.

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