BUSHWICK — The neighborhood's first-ever skate park will grind into a local playground when a nearly $2 million upgrade is completed by the end of next year, according to the Parks Department.
The planning phases have just begun to revamp Rudd Park and Playground, located on Arberdeen Street, right by the edge of the sprawling Evergreens Cemetery, which will bring new sports courts, pavement, ADA compliant entrances and better draining.
But the cherry on top will be a brand new skate park made possible by $1.7 in funds from Councilman Rafael Espinal and Borough Eric President Adams offices, said Maeri Ferguson, a Parks Department spokeswoman.
"A skate park has been a long time coming at Rudd Playground where, for years, kids would informally use the space for that purpose," Ferguson said.
In late October, the Parks Department met with nearby residents to talk about designs for the new facility and they're now now drawing up plans for the skate park.
The whole construction process should be completed by September of 2017, according to the Parks Department website, which tracks the progress of capital projects.