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Why Cities Are Finally Showing Skateboarders Some Respect


In New Jersey, the debut of the opening skate park in Jersey City was the culmination of many years of struggle by local skateboarders, who were accustomed to working on their boards on the steps of the post office or in abandoned plots.

One of the most popular places was nicknamed “Junk Spot”, a remote area next to the New Jersey Freeway. But as Jersey City improved, developers claimed many of these batches, pushing skateboarders out.

The skaters tried to create their own special space, but the funding was a challenge. Eventually, the city authorities took up the cause, and with the help of a private grant, the skate park project, which took seven years and nearly $ 900,000, took shape at the end of an industrial block near Liberty State Park.

Once opened, a sign in capital letters warns: CRACKING IS AT YOUR OWN RISK and an eclectic crowd is rolling by 4-year-olds learning to transfer their weight to skateboards to 40-year-olds who want to lose weight.

Inevitably there were collisions and spills.

“You may get hurt, but I’ve never heard of anyone dying,” said Federman Acosta, a 26-year-old, common skateboarder from Edison, New Jersey, who welcomed the rise of skate parks after years of avoiding cars while training at the street.

“I have,” Jeremy Picado said.

In 2005, Picado, 38, who lives in Plainfield, New Jersey, suffered a concussion after a fall, was hospitalized for a week, suffered a memory loss and gave up skating. But he started again in 2013 and helped build the Jersey City skate park as a construction worker. He now teaches children to skateboard on the weekends.

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