Event date: SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2024 | LOCATION: FreshKills North Park

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Women’s Skate contest
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Skate Today, Thrive Tomorrow: Freshkills Park Project

Collaboration with Carve Bunnies

Carve Bunnies, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women and girls through participation in male-dominated sports, has partnered with the Freshkills Park Alliance to highlight the need for a skate park in the community. This collaboration aims to raise awareness and gather support for the inclusion of a skate park in the final plans for Freshkills Park.

Prospects for a Skate Park in Freshkills Park

As Freshkills Park is still in its infancy stage of development, there is a unique opportunity to influence the final design and facilities of the park. Including a skate park in the final construction would address the current shortage of skateboarding facilities on Staten Island and provide a modern, safe space for skateboarders of all ages and skill levels. This addition would align with the park’s goals of promoting recreational activities and engaging the community in healthy, outdoor pursuits.

The Freshkills Park project, in collaboration with Carve Bunnies, represents a forward-thinking approach to urban development and community engagement. By raising awareness about the need for a skate park in Staten Island through the “Skate Today, Thrive Tomorrow” event, we can advocate for facilities that meet the recreational needs of the community and support the empowerment of young skateboarders. Together, we can transform Freshkills Park into a vibrant, inclusive space that fosters environmental stewardship, recreational enjoyment, and community pride.

Skate Today, Thrive Tomorrow: Raising Awareness for a New Skate Park

The “Skate Today, Thrive Tomorrow” event, organized by Carve Bunnies, is designed to bring attention to the lack of skate parks on Staten Island and advocate for the development of a new skate park within Freshkills Park. Currently, Staten Island has a limited number of skate parks, making it challenging for local skateboarders to find safe and suitable places to practice and enjoy their sport.

Development and Goals of Freshkills Park

Freshkills Park, developed by the NYC Parks Department, is a transformative project aimed at converting what was once the world’s largest landfill into a sustainable, multi-use public park. Spanning over 2,200 acres on Staten Island, Freshkills Park is poised to become a significant environmental and recreational landmark, offering a variety of activities and natural habitats for the community to enjoy.

The development of Freshkills Park is a long-term project, planned in phases over several decades. The goals of the park include:

  • Environmental Restoration: Rehabilitating the land to support diverse ecosystems, providing habitats for wildlife, and creating green spaces for public enjoyment.
  • Recreational Facilities: Offering a wide range of recreational activities, such as hiking, kayaking, and bird-watching, to promote outdoor engagement and healthy living.
  • Sustainability and Education: Integrating sustainable practices in park development and operations, while providing educational opportunities about the environment, conservation, and sustainability.
  • Community Engagement: Involving the local community in the planning and development process to ensure the park meets the needs and desires of Staten Island residents.

To learn more about Freshkills park visit their website at freshkillspark.org

Event Goals

Awareness

Educate the community about the benefits of having a skate park in Freshkills Park and the positive impact it would have on local youth and skateboard enthusiasts.

Community Engagement

Encourage community members to support the inclusion of a skate park in the Freshkills Park development plans.

Empowerment

Provide a platform for young girls and women to engage in skateboarding, fostering a sense of community and empowerment through the sport.

By car
West shore expwy to exit 7 Victory boulevard

Public transportation

S62 Bus from SI Ferry terminal