Cities from Barcelona to Houston are starting to treat skateparks as community-builders rather than community-aggravators. Now, Detroit is the latest city to benefit from a new downtown skate park. A 4,000-square-foot privately funded park and art installation designed by skateboarder Tony Hawk and artist Ryan McGinness opened Tuesday.
“This is kind of a different project because it’s private property and it’s funded by a bunch of different corporations,” Hawk told Benzinga.com. “It’s right in the city. It’s a great start.”
The project, dubbed Wayfinding Skate Park, is backed by Bedrock Detroit and Quicken Loans, and was originally conceived by Detroit-based art gallery Library Street Collective, who soon teamed up with the Cranbrook Art Museum. It sits — temporarily — between Randolph Street, Bates Street, Cadillac Square and Monroe Avenue, on a site slated for construction, MLive reports. The “Monroe Block” project, which will include a 20-story office tower and a 16-story residential building, will break ground in January, at which time the skate park will be moved to another location.
Coincidentally, another skate park, this one in the Cass Corridor neighborhood on city-owned property, is also scheduled to be replaced by a mixed-use development project.