East Woods
Skate Plaza

Huntington Park
300 Block of
Caleb Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13206

Directions

Plaza Weather

Watch for a Spring Skateboard Competition

Skateboard Competition

Syracuse Sports Corp is organizing a larger competitive event for Spring 2015. Check back for updates.

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Help Expand the Plaza

This project shows what our community, working together, can accomplish.

Phase II will provide more space and more elements to encourage teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline in a safe environment.

Please make the most generous donation you can to support Phase II.

Vision

They made the difference.

The Skateboarders' Stories

Appreciation

Skateboarder reactions
to the new plaza.

The Skate Park Research Committee

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Eastwood Neighborhood Association

East Woods Skate Plaza is An Award Winner


2015 State Award for Outstanding Facility

East Woods Skate Plaza was named 2015 Outstanding Facility by New York State Recreation and Parks Society (NYSRPS). In addition, Judy Lewis, chair of the Eastwood Neighborhood Association (ENA) Skate Park Research Committee, was awarded the Volunteerism Award. (Annelise Bucci, an ENA board member and member of the Skate Park Research Committee, received the Stewardship Award.)

The winners were recognized at an Awards Dinner on Monday, April 27 at the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga, New York.

2015 NYSRPS Awards Dinner

Pictured at the 2015 NYSRPS Awards Dinner are from the left: Lazarus Sims, City of Syracuse Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs Commissioner; Judy Lewis, Volunteerism Award winner; Glen Lewis, Syracuse Parks Planning and Development Office; Pam Hunter, Syracuse City Councilor; Annelise Bucci, Stewardship Award winner and Tom White, Syracuse Parks Administrative Officer.

This announcement comes soon after winning the same three awards for 2014 for the local Central New York Recreation and Parks Society (CNYRPS).

2014 award for CNYRPS Oustanding Facility

Pictured with the 2014 award for CNYRPS Oustanding Facility are from the left: Glen Lewis, Parks Planning and Development Office; Sue Straub, Eastwood Neighborhood Association President; Eric Bacon, former CNYRPS Board member/Town of Camillus Parks and Recreation Director; Baye Muhammad, City of Syracuse Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs Commissioner.

Grand Opening of the East Woods Skate Plaza a Success

Eastwood Neighborhood Association celebrates opening of East Woods Skate Plaza

Mayor Stephanie A. Miner

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner speaks during the Grand Opening

On Saturday, June 21, 2014, Eastwood Neighborhood Association hosted a celebration for the Grand Opening of the East Woods Skate Plaza. The event was well attended by Eastwood residents, skateboarders, public officials and the media.

The official program began with Parks Commissioner Baye Muhammad introducing City of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. Miner gave credit to Judy Lewis, stating that many years back when she was on the City Council and saw Judy Lewis behind the project, she realized it was an aspiration that had a real hope of becoming a reality. Miner emphasized that without Judy Lewis, none of this would have happened.

Miner then pointed out that this project shows what is special about Syracuse, that we can recognize goals and aspirations and work together to overcome the obstacles and figure out a way to get it done.

Judy Lewis was then introduced. She said that well over 100 people were involved in the creation of the plaza and thanked all of them. She then explained the name East Woods Skate Plaza, not Eastwood Skate Plaza. The woods behind the plaza are the last stand of the original East Woods, which eventually was shortened to Eastwood. She then introduced three skateboarders who were significant in the plaza’s development, Jamie Notarthomas, who petitioned for a skate park in 1978, Stixz Chambers, who while in the armed forces encouraged them continuously from Afghanistan, and Neil Kraus, who will become the next chair of the Eastwood Neighborhood Association Skate Park Research Committee.

Also present at the event was skateboarder Josh Kinder, who was instrumental in encouraging the design of the plaza to be changed from a concrete pad with equipment attached to the streetscape plaza design that was finally adopted, and many other skateboarders that have followed the project over the years.

The Dream Becomes Reality

Ribbon Cutting

Judy Lewis and Mayor Miner cut the ribbon as (from left) skateboarders Stixz Chambers, Josh Kinder, Herbert Harris, Neil Kraus and Parks Commissioner Baye Muhammad look on.

The first seeds of an idea began in the late 1970s when a group of Eastwood kids “got hooked” on the new sport and wanted the City of Syracuse to leave the old outside pool at Huntington Park for their use. At that time, a “skate park” was only the dream of the neighborhood kids.

These were the seeds that germinated almost 30 years later, when a group of adults become concerned about all the kids that were skating on any new concrete or ledge they could find on James Street. The adults were concerned for the businesses as well as these athletes that had nowhere to practice their sport.

In 2005, with the support and encouragement of James Street churches and businesses, the Skate Research Committee of the Eastwood Neighborhood Association was formed. The group included ENA members, skaters, their parents and a representative from Syracuse Parks.

On this day, we will not only be celebrating the Plaza opening, but also the creativity, persistence, and determination that was required to attain this dream. Read about some of the young people involved in the project over the years.

Skateboard Competition

The first Skateboard competition took place during the opening day celebration with about 25 skateboarders participating in four skill categories.

East Woods Skate Plaza Grand Opening Commemorative T-Shirt

Commemorative T-Shirt Available

Show your support of the new East Woods Skate Plaza by purchasing and wearing the commemorative t-shirt. This is a great way to spread the news about this new resource in our neighborhood and encourage its continued success.

East Woods Skate Plaza Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Eastwood Neighborhood Association is happy to announce the

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the New East Woods Skate Plaza

Please join us on Saturday, June 21, 2014, when Mayor Stephanie Miner will declare the East Woods Skate Plaza open.

The public ceremony will begin at 11am. The festivities will include live music, food trucks and ice cream.

The Dream Becomes Reality

The first seeds of an idea began in the late 1970s when a group of Eastwood kids “got hooked” on the new sport and wanted the City of Syracuse to leave the old outside pool at Huntington Park for their use. At that time, a “skate park” was only the dream of the neighborhood kids.

These were the seeds that germinated almost 30 years later, when a group of adults become concerned about all the kids that were skating on any new concrete or ledge they could find on James Street. The adults were concerned for the businesses as well as these athletes that had nowhere to practice their sport.

In 2005, with the support and encouragement of James Street churches and businesses, the Skate Research Committee of the Eastwood Neighborhood Association was formed. The group included ENA members, skaters, their parents and a representative from Syracuse Parks.

On this day, we will not only be celebrating the Plaza opening, but also the creativity, persistence, and determination that was required to attain this dream. Read about some of the young people involved in the project over the years.

Skateboard Competition

From 1pm – 3pm, there will be a Skateboard Competition for all ages. The deadline for online registration is Thursday, June 19 at midnight. Onsite registration will begin by 11am the day of the event.

Competition Registration Form

Help Spread the Word

East Woods Skate Plaza Grand Opening Invitation Flyer

Please help us spread the word about this community celebration. You can access the invitation flyer here and either print it or email it to other people in the community. You can also share this website using the Facebook link on the left.

We don’t want anyone left out of this exciting celebration for the Eastwood community and the City of Syracuse.

East Woods Skate Plaza Grand Opening Commemorative T-Shirt

Commemorative T-Shirt Available

Show your support of the new East Woods Skate Plaza by purchasing and wearing the commemorative t-shirt. This is a great way to spread the news about this new resource in our neighborhood and encourage its continued success.

You may order a commemorative Grand Opening t-shirt for only $10. They will be distributed the day of the event.

East Woods Skate Plaza is located in Huntington Park, 300 block of Caleb Avenue (off Stafford Avenue). Directions

Parking is available at Huntington School on Sunnycrest Road and Kilian Manufacturing on Burnet Ave.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their chairs

The Skate Plaza is taking shape!

Follow the progress of the new Eastwoods Skate Plaza from Fall 2013 through January 2014. A lot of progress has been made in a short amount of time.

September 30, 2013

The land being cleared

Clearing the site for construction began in early Fall 2013.

Fall 2013

Pot of Gold!

What a surprise it was to see this amazing double rainbow at the East Woods Skate Plaza construction site. After all of these years of anticipation, it was wonderful to see nature leading us to our Pot of Gold!

Progress continues daily!

Double rainbow over the East Woods Skate Plaza construction site.

December 1, 2013

Two more days

By December, the skate plaza was really taking shape. Our Central New York winter wouldn’t hold out, so work had to stop with only two more days needed to finish pouring the concrete.

When the weather improves, just two more days are needed to finish pouring concrete

January 1, 2014

Buttoned up

The site was “buttoned up” to protect it from the winter weather. Construction will continue in the Spring.

The East Woods Skate Plaza is buttoned up for the winter

January 13, 2014

Some work continues

The weather is not stopping all construction. When possible, other parts of the plaza continue to take shape. Here, the bike path area is being cleared.

Construction has begun

Construction of the new East Woods Skate Plaza began in September. Salt City Contractors prepared the ground, Who Skates built the triangular planters, and Pillar Designs has visited to ensure the plaza is being built as designed.

Moving forward! Bidding process begins!

We are pleased to announce that the Skate Park Project began advertising for bids in the Post-Standard on June 2, 2013. There will be a pre-bid meeting held on June 17 to familiarize contractors with the project and answer any questions. Bids will be due to City of Syracuse on June 25, 2013.

Go Skate Day – 2012

Forty skaters attended 4th Annual SK8 Jam

Forty skaters showed for the 4th Annual SK8 Jam on Sauturday, August 14th.

Poster for 2010 SK8 Jam

The poster announcing the 2010 SK8 Jam.

2010 SK8 Jam

The 2010 SK8 Jam was held at Shop City.

Skater showing his skills

Skaters enjoyed showing off their skills

Skater showing off his skills at 2010 SK8 Jam

The skaters make the tricks seem so easy!

Skaters lining up for their turn

There were a number of different elements available.

Young skaters also attended 2010 SK8 Jam

Younger skaters were able to participate, too!

Demonstrating teamwork at 2010 SK8 Jam

It was great watching the teamwork the day inspired.

August 14th SK8JAM Youth Challenge Day

Fourth Annual SK8Jam and Youth Challenge Day

Saturday August 14, 2010, Noon to 5 pm, Competition at 3 pm

Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in 3 categories

Shop City Plaza in Eastwood, At the corner of Teall Ave and Grant Blvd.

FREE and Open to the Public

Helmets and Parental Release Required (Release available at the event)

SK8 Jam to be held Saturday Ju…

SK8 Jam to be held Saturday June 12, 2010 in Eastwood’s Shop City Plaza from 10 am to 3pm.