A new public skateboarding park is coming to New York City.
City and state officials gathered for groundbreaking at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx Tuesday, touting the new basketball court and skate park being built there.
The new basketball court will have new asphalt paving with a color seal coating, and backless sports benches. The skate park will feature concrete pavement with integral color-raised elements, officials say.
The $1.1 million project is expected to be completed by spring 2018.
"We understood that there was a particular interest in a skate park here at Van Cortlandt Park, and we are happy to be able to make improvements to such a grand green space," said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver.
Councilman Andrew Cohen says the skate park will help transform the western portion of Van Cortlandt Park, "becoming a destination for skaters of all ages."
"For over a decade, neighborhood kids have been clamoring for a skate park in our area so I am thrilled this is finally becoming a reality," said Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz.