East Woods
Skate Plaza

Huntington Park
300 Block of
Caleb Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13206

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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

About

What An Awesome First Season

It was an awesome first season at the East Woods Skate Plaza.

The Plaza was populated from dawn to dusk almost every day by a mix of skateboarders and BMX bikers (and continues to be). It’s not unusual to find many out-of-town visitors on the weekends and holidays.

We couldn’t have asked for better publicity. The Syracuse Post-Standard featured the Skate Plaza several times, capturing the wide range of ages, skills and choice of equipment of the athletes who frequent the site and love it.

The only complaint we have heard is that the Plaza is too small. The Eastwood Neighborhood Association’s Skate Park Research Committee is ready to address that and has starting the discussion on Phase II.

About the Project

The Skate Park Research Committee, a working committee of the Eastwood Neighborhood Association (ENA) worked for 9 years to develop the Community skateboarding park, East Woods Skate Plaza, in Huntington Park. The Committee, along with local youth and parents, and with support from the Eastwood Community secured the money through fundraising and grants to cover the costs of construction for Phase I. Along with the NY National Guard Counterdrug Taskforce, the Skate Park Committee sponsored the 2007 SK8 Jam. Following is some of the history:

The Vision

Why did we want to build a skate plaza in Eastwood?  Watch the video. Where did we build it? See the image below, and spend some time watching the slideshow.

From Dream to Design

East Woods Skate Plaza

Design goals:

  • The basic design is a Street Plaza Style with good flow and adequate open space.

  • It will accommodate beginners as well as the more experienced skateboarder.

  • The plaza will also accommodate an expansion for Phase II.

Design elements:

  • Eight (8) stair set with a round rail and boarded by Hubbas

  • Quarter Pipes for transition on each end

  • Banks

  • C Ledge

  • Long Flat Ledge (manual pad)

  • Banked Crater

  • Up to Down Ledge

  • Five (5) stair deep tread set with a square rail and boarded by Hubbas

  • Flat Grind Rail

  • Banked Hips

Project Time Line

September 2005: Seven ENA members gather for the first meeting of the Skateboard Research Committee. The group quickly grew to 25 members, including skaters, parents and a respresentative from Syracuse Parks. With encouragement from James Street churches and businesses, the research began.

January 2006: The Committee selects Huntington Park as the site for the skate park and gathers more than 1,000 signatures, starting with the neighbors on Woodbine and Stafford Avenues.

2007: With a basic design concept in mind, work begins to secure funding.

2010: After several grant request submissions, and by downsizing the dream a bit, a $150,000 construction grant from New York State is secured, matched with $50,000 from the City of Syracuse. Another construction grant of $5,000 is received from the Tony Hawk Foundation.

2012: Eastwood Neighborhood Association partners with the City of Syracuse, Appel Osborne and Pillar Design to detail the design for the bid process.

The concept is to build a concrete plaza for a variety of potential uses with signs that say “Welcome Skateboarders”. The non-skateboarder might not notice the stair sets boarded by hubbas (ledges to glide down), or the variety of ledges and banked hips (angled surfaces to move between).

The average skateboarder will notice and be thrilled.

June 2013: The Skate Park Project begins advertising for bids in the Post-Standard on June 2, with bids being due to the City of Syracuse by June 25, 2013.

July 2013: Bids come in over budget! Time may be running out on our New York State grant. Construction season is here. Fundraising begins to keep the dream alive!

S.J. Thomas Contractors is the successful bidder. Who Skates will be doing the specialty work.

August 2013: Thanks to Mayor Stephanie Miner and the City Council, the construction budget was fully funded at the August 5th meeting of the Common Council.

May 2014: Eight months after the start of construction (weathering a harsh winter and late spring), the concrete portion of the plaza is complete. The soft opening has happened, everyone is loving it. It has already attracted visitors from as far away as Buffalo.

June 2014: On June 21st, International Go Skate Day, Mayor Stephanie Miner cuts the ribbon and declares the plaza officially open.