The Crooked River Skatepark started life as the Northcoast Harbor Skatepark by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In April 2004, it was opened as a temporary skatepark created after the 2003 Gravity Games brought so much attention to the downtown area. The ramps were steel pre-fabricated ramps purchased at a discount from a vendor at the Gravity Games. This was the first time Cleveland had a public skatepark and was removed in 2009 once the ramps had outlived their usefulness.
In 2009, Mayor Jackson’s administration began a comprehensive plan for developing the riverfront along the Cuyahoga River. This initiative included housing, business and recreation in the Flats region along the banks of the river. A new location for the skatepark was designated in late 2009 and Public Square Group was contacted to help coordinate public input on the new location as well as a much larger construction budget for a design/build custom concrete skatepark.
LAND Studio was contracted to lead exploratory public meetings with the community along with Ohio City Incorporated. LAND Studio contracted world renown skatepark design firm Grindline Skateparks from Seattle to create conceptual designs and PSG began promoting and facilitating the skater community input.
A 22,000 sq foot parcel of city-owned land along the river off Columbus Road was the designated location. The land connected with a larger area owned and operated by the Cleveland Rowing Foundation in a region now becoming known as Rivergate Park.
The first rounds of conceptual designs supported the public’s interest in a world class transition focused skatepark that would meet the city’s budget of $758,000 with appropriate landscaping and public art. Extra funding and a great boost in public awareness came when the Tony Hawk Foundation awarded Public Square Group the maximum grant level available with a donation of $25,000 towards the project in 2011.
The City of Cleveland awarded a design/build contract to Grindline Skateparks, Inc. of Seattle, Washington to construct the new Cleveland Flats Skatepark.
On Friday, the city awarded a contract to Seattle-based Gridline Skateparks tol oversee the design and construction of a 15,000-square-foot skater's wonderland along the Cuyahoga River.
The city has awarded the design and build contract to the Seattle-based Grindline Skateparks, Inc. Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman said the city sees the skate park as a major part in the re-birth of the waterfront.
Now Metroparks is bringing that expertise into downtown Cleveland. The organization, which oversees more than 21,000 acres throughout Cuyahoga County, has reached a deal to purchase 2.8 acres at Rivergate Park on the east bank of the Cuyahoga River in the Flats.
City Council voted Monday night to issue bonds for various improvements, including the $550,000 skate park. Despite whispers of a revolt among lawmakers upset by the proposed cutbacks, only Councilman Jeff Johnson opposed the measure.
A California foundation launched by famed skateboarder Tony Hawk is sending $25,000 to the Flats. The grant marks the first big private investment in a planned skateboarding park on the Columbus Road Peninsula.
On first glance, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's plan to use $550,000 from the city's 2011 capital improvements budget to build a state-of-the-art skatepark along the east bank of the Cuyahoga River may seem out of character.
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CLEVELAND -- A longtime industrial corridor and onetime entertainment district, Cleveland's Flats could be repopulated with entrepreneurs, residents, cyclists, gamblers, rowers and aquarium-goers during the next decade.
A bicyclist grabs some air at the city of Cleveland's skate park at North Coast Harbor.CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The city of Cleveland plans to build a new skate park along the west bank of the Cuyahoga River in the Flats after closing its current park at North Coast Harbor.
1785 Merwin Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113
7am - 11pm
Crooked River Skatepark:
Open until sundown.