Plan To Put Turf In Skateboarding Park Called Off


A GROUP OF NEW YORK CITY SKATEBOARDERS HAVE A REASON TO CELEBRATE TODAY. THEIR TURF WAR OVER A MANHATTAN PARK IS NOW OVER. HERE’S THE STORY FROM THE EAST VILLAGE. Reporter: JUMPS AND TRICKS LIKE THESE WILL GO ON AT THOMPKINS SQUARE PARK. HUNDREDS OF SKATERS AND SUPPORTERS SHOWED UP SATURDAY. THEY PLANNED TOERALY AGAINST THE PARK DEPARTMENT’S PLAN TO COVER THE AREA WITH TURF. WE IDENTIFIED THIS ASPHALT LOCATION IN THOMPKINS PARK. Reporter: THE NORTHWEST AREA OF THE MARK HAS BECOME A POPULAR INFORMAL SKATE PARK. THE CITY WAS GOING TO TURN THE AREA INTO PARKS FOR CHILDREN’S SPORTS. THEY ARE NEEDED BECAUSE OF A PROJECT BECAUSE OF FLOODING. THEY DON’T KNOW THE HISTORY OF THE CULTURE OF SKATEBOARDING THAT GOES BACK GENERATIONS. Reporter: 30,000 JOINED A PETITION AND IT WORKED. THE NEWS THAT IT WILL STAY OPEN TURNED SATURDAY’S PROTEST INTO A PARTY. NO MORE RALLY, SUPER HIPE. SUPER PROUD. THIS IS HOW IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE IN NEW YORK, FREEDOM. Reporter: SO THIS IS OFF THE LIST. BUT THERE ARE FOUR MORE CITY SITES STILL ON IT. THEY ARE ALL SLATED FOR SYNTHETIC TURF INSTUILATION THAT STARTS AS EARLY AT THIS FALL. MURRAY PARK IS ONE OF THOSE LOCATIONS. FOR THE CITY TO TAKE THIS COURT I’VE BEEN PLAYING ON FOR 25 YEARS IS INSANE. I HEAR THERE WAS A PETITION AT THE SKATE PARK NOT TOO FAR AWAY SO WE ARE GOING TO DO THE SAME THING. GET A PETITION AND MAKE SOME NOISE OUT HERE. Reporter: THEY WILL HAVE TO DO IT FAST. THIS PLAYGROUND IS ALSO ON THE LIST.

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