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Skatepark workshop is Wednesday


The Roc City Skatepark faced years of delay, but now the project is now moving forward at a serious pace.

The City of Rochester is holding a design workshop for the project from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Frederick Douglass R-Center, 999 South Avenue. The park will be located under the Douglass-Anthony bridge downtown and will be roughly 38,000 square feet. The city and skatepark advocates say the facility will be suitable for events and competitions.

The city also wants the skatepark to function as an urban park space that will connect to the Genesee River waterfront and existing parks nearby, and that will “enhance the outdoor recreational experience for walkers, joggers, and cyclists,” it says in a press release. The project is part of the broader Roc the Riverway initiative.

The city is partnering with Friends of Roc City Skatepark to develop the site. The Friends group recently announced that Stantec Consulting, which has specialists who have designed skateparks across the country, won the bid for final design of the Roc City Skatepark.