NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) –– An idea that first came up nearly 20 years ago is now a reality in Niagara Falls.
City leaders cut the ribbon on a new skate park in Hyde Park Thursday afternoon. They are hoping the new park will keep kids away from Old Falls Street, where skateboarders were damaging concrete benches and planters in front of the Niagara Falls Conference and Events Center.
“Kids are going to use skateboards in different places, including public places that are owned by the city, if they don’t have a skate park, right, and those places are less safe than those that are specifically designed for the use for which it’s being put,” Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said.
The $494,000 skate park was funded through a federal grant and a donation from the foundation of skateboarding legend Tony Hawk.