Davey Lopes skate park construction underway

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The first phase of construction for a new skateboard park at the Davey Lopes Recreation Center is complete.

Providence City Councilor Davian Sanchez says the second phase of work will begin in September and the park is expected to be completed in early October.

Crews have already demolished the tennis court and started installing a new smooth surface.

Next, the Parks Department will install a number of above ground modular features, including grind rails, a launch ramp, a bank ramp, a spine, and possibly more.

The 4,000 square foot skate park will be the third of its kind in Providence and the first on the city’s South Side.

It’s located at the corner of Tanner and Somerset Streets.

The Davey Lopes Pool re-opened in June after it was refurbished.

Mayor Angel Taveras closed the pool last year due to what he called poor attendance, structural problems and rising costs, but residents, council members and activists fought to save it.

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