Lynch Family Skatepark

THE LYNCH FAMILY SKATEPARK IS OPEN!

Thank you to everyone who joined the Charles River Conservancy, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Vans, the Lynch Foundation and Master of Ceremonies Andy MacDonald as we celebrated the opening of the Lynch Family Skatepark on November 14, 2015! And thank you to the hundreds of donors that made this park possible – learn more about who they are.

Photo of Sculptor Nancy Schön, Mayor Marty Walsh, CRC Founder Renata von Tscharner, and Peter Lynch of the Lynch Foundation at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the Lynch Family Skatepark. Photo by Topher Baldwin. View more pictures from the event on Facebook!

A NOTE ABOUT PARK OPERATION: The Lynch Family Skatepark is owned and maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The park is open from dawn to 9:00 pm. Lights were installed during the fall of 2018 to allow for park operation past dusk through a partnership between the City of Cambridge and DCR. Safety gear is strongly encouraged, and while you are in the park, you are recreating at your own risk.

View a map of the park’s location!


PRESS

Video Coverage of the Skatepark Opening, November 14, 2015
“Elevating Boston’s Skateboarding Scene” created by Stantec
Cambridge Community Television Coverage
“Skateboard Paradise” on WCVB Channel 5
Lynch Foundation and GLP Creative Video

May 1, 2016
Scout Cambridge: Lynch Family Skatepark Builds a Community On Wheels

January 6, 2016
Boston Globe: 16 New ways to have fun in Boston

November 20, 2015
Cambridge Chronicle: Skatepark opens in North Point Park
TransWorld Business: Vans Joins Lynch Family Skatepark at its Opening
Charlestown Patriot-Bridge: Skatepark Opens, Haven for Those with Wheels
NewBoston Post: Shredding New Worlds at the Lynch Family Skatepark

November 14, 2015
NorthEndWaterfront.com: Skaters Rejoice at Opening of Lynch Family Skatepark
Boston Globe: Lynch Family Skatepark opens in Cambridge
WBUR, Photos: Designer Tests The Air Over New Skate Park
On CBS: Renowned Sculptor Helps Make Boston Skatepark a Reality
Boston Magazine: How a Tortoise and Hare Inspired the Lynch Family Skatepark

November 5, 2015
Press Release: Grand Opening: Lynch Family Skatepark
Boston Globe: Skateboarders do test run at Lynch Family Skatepark
On WBUR: ‘Psyched It’s Finally Here’: Long-Awaited Cambridge Skate Park To Open In November
Boston Globe: Lynch Family Skatepark to open mid-November

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Plan rendering of the Lynch Family Skatepark. The skatepark was designed by Stantec and constructed by Valley Crest Landscape Developers.
Plan rendering of the Lynch Family Skatepark. The skatepark was designed by Stantec and constructed by Valley Crest Landscape Developers.

The Lynch Family Skatepark, adjacent to North Point Park, was a major capital project of the Charles River Conservancy. What began as an idea by renowned sculptor Nancy Schön, famous for her Tortoise and Hare and Make Way For Ducklings sculptures in Copley Square and the Boston Public Garden respectively, was carried forward by the Charles River Conservancy with major support from the local skateboarding community. (Hear from Nancy herself about the importance of this park, courtesy of New England Cables News.) The planning began in 2000, and in 2004, the Conservancy began to raise funds from individual donors and foundations for the project.

The Conservancy hired Stantec to design the park, which was then constructed by ValleyCrest Landscape Development with specialty work completed by California Skateparks. Now that construction is completed, the park has been turned over to the CRC’s project partner, the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), who manages the public facility.

Skateboarder at the Lynch Family Skatepark. Photo by Topher Baldwin.

The skatepark is located in East Cambridge beneath the access ramps to I-93’s iconic Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge. It is also adjacent to the North Bank Bridge, a newly constructed pedestrian bridge connecting North Point Park in Cambridge to Paul Revere Park in Charlestown. The “wheel-friendly” park is designed to accommodate skateboarders, BMX riders, and inline skaters and will include access around the skate plaza for spectators who wish to watch the athletes in action.

The skatepark has the capacity to support community clinics and events, as well as world-class competitions. The skatepark is designed as a one-of-a-kind facility that captures the creativity and aspirations of skaters from around the region, featuring design input from more than 400 local skaters and skateboarding professionals, including Boston area native Andy MacDonald (Andy was crowned as skateboarding’s World Champion eight years in a row in the World Cup Skateboard Series). Thanks to their involvement, skateboarders of all abilities now have the opportunity to experience street, transitional, and bowl elements throughout the park. The skatepark also includes replica features of unique skate areas throughout greater Boston to acknowledge local lore and pay homage to Boston’s skating community.

This video, produced by an Emerson student, tells the story of the formation of the idea of the Lynch Family Skatepark and showcases its wide usage today by people of all ages in the Boston area.

Kids who earned skateboards through a collaborative program of the Conservancy and Youth Enrichment Service (YES). Photo by Topher Baldwin.

To learn more about the skatepark or to make a press inquiry, please contact us at (617) 608-1410 or crc@thecharles.org.

Lead photo by Michael Silvano Photography.