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We’re getting a better idea of what a new Rochester skatepark could look like. It’s slated to go under the Freddie Sue Bridge along South Ave.

The Rochester Business Journal linked to renderings of the site and a video fly through.

Final cost estimates are not in, but the city’s capital improvement plan calls for spending $2 million in 2015. It would be the largest skatepark in North America.

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A Manhattan Square Park mural was erased.

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14 Responses to Skatepark Taking Shape

  1. May 15, 2013 at 9:40 am Orielly responds:

    On the skate park – again I thought the city was broke and had no money. Cut cops, firemen, teachers, but build a skate park?

    Second, if your going to build a skate park doesn’t it make sense to but it near, in eye site of, the Strong Museum of Play? Under the Freddie Sue bridge will end up making it a 2M dollar failure.

    • I believe most of the money was raised privately. Could be mistaken though

    • May 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm Storm responds:

      Under the bridge is actually a perfect place for it. The bridge will help protect it from the weather and keep parts of it usable even when the region’s weather is at it’s worst.

  2. May 15, 2013 at 9:41 am Shane Bertou responds:


    Am I the only Rochesterian who finds the term “Freddie Sue Bridge” to be insanely disrespectful to the contributions of both Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony?

    How about we just call it the Douglass/Anthony bridge?

    • May 16, 2013 at 6:14 pm Rachel Barnhart responds:

      I hate the bridge name for one reason – it’s just too ridiculously long. It’s not a functional name.

  3. The skatepark looks nice. From seeing the location, though, did they include a life guard in the budget to pull daring skaters out of the river? 🙂

  4. May 15, 2013 at 11:00 am theodore kumlander responds:

    They will keep ignoring FIOA request. Those in power do not like to be questioned?

  5. The bulk of the funds will be coming from individual donations and corporate naming rights. I wasn’t 100% sold on the idea for a skatepark either, but there was a very good TEDx talk done on the subject. Skating is excellent exercise and very popular, but dangerous to do in the streets. If you’ve ever been to Manhattan Square Park after the ice rink and before they turn the fountain on, you will see a ton of skaters and BMX bikers, most of them kids and teens. There is a real need for a safe place for them. A skatepark this big will also draw tourists in from elsewhere.

  6. May 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm Rich responds:

    I think the skatepark is a huge step for the city. Not only will it benefit local skaters, but it will be a destination. This will be one of the top parks in country, based on current plans. As an aging (almost 30) skater, I’ve seen the sport go from something for “alternative” kids to the mainstream. This is something parents and kids alike can now start to enjoy. I’ll be skating for the rest of my life and I know there are a lot of others who will too.

  7. May 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm Bill responds:

    I guess since it is essentially useless land and the build money is coming from private donors this is a win/win for the city. The problem is we’ll get stuck with upkeep costs.

    I too hate the name of the bridge and still call it the Troup/Howell Bridge. I think its insulting to both because it implies neither is important enough to warrant naming a bridge after them. We need to add them together to make them bridge worthy.

  8. May 18, 2013 at 10:34 am Orielly responds:

    Telling the truth about issues raised here.

    I liked to name the bridge the Politically correct bridge. Once those two names were put forth, DEM politicians were going to be slamming minorities or women if they chose one over the other.

    Major Don Hollander who was a great nationally known sports hero from Roch, before he became a Hero losing his life for this country in Viet Nam deserved to have the bridge named after him as well. But rejecting “white guys” is OK for the PC crowd.

    There are always people who will justify spending as there is always a special interest they come from that “it” supports.

    The amount of people coming to the city from out of the area for the skate park will be under 100 a year. And few if any will stay in hotels and spend much money here.

    There is also the distinct possibility that the skate park, in that location, will serve as an excellent meeting place for Burb skaters and future drug users, (prospects) and city drug sellers.

    Only in Rochester would they build a skate park, a mile or more and river apart from the National Museum of Play just because they have some land they don’t use under a bridge.
    If a covered skatepark is what you need build it cover and all, near the National MUSEUM of PLAY.

  9. May 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm Todd Gack responds:

    This thing will never be built, they haven’t raised shit for this considering the 2 million dollar budgeted skatepark they’ve got all drawn up. It sounds nice, but then you remember the idiots have been talking about this thing since around 2006/2007.

    • those guys talking about this for a while , espesifically mentioned that they will start building the park in 2013 which is now, i talked to the owner of krudco , he is the one making plans for it

  10. May 29, 2013 at 9:54 pm Sarah J responds:

    Orielly – the Douglas Anthony Bridge (which I still refer to as the Troup/Howell) isn’t the only recently rebuilt span to be named in Rochester. You forget (perhaps don’t know?) that the O’Rorke bridge over the Genesee in Charlotte was named, yes by your hated DEMs, for Col. Patrick O’Rorke (also spelled O’Rourke). So in the recent past, new bridges have been named for three famous Rochesterians – a black man, a white woman, and a white man. Seems fair to me. What we’re missing is a bridge for a black woman. Hmmm. How about the Hester Jeffrey Bridge? Major Don Holleder (not Hollender), a highly decorated and honored man, did indeed have a visible public structure named after him, the 20,000 seat Holleder Memorial Stadium. Unfortunately, in the name of economic development the stadium was torn down in 1985 and an industrial park was built. It is named Holleder Technology Park.

    The skate park, if it is every built, which I hope it is, is a mere two blocks from the Strong Museum and on the same side of the river. Easy walking distance.

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