Brush up your ollie! There’s a new skatepark in town, and it's open to the public.
Vans just opened an indoor skatepark right off the L’s Jefferson stop in Bushwick. Instead of righteously bracing the New York cold to rip it around, skaters can now head to this new indoor space to stay warm during the winter and do their sport for free.
Inside the park, there is smooth concrete and rails for both intermediate and newbie levels and plenty of ledges, ramps, pipes and other features. To sign up for a time slot, skaters will just need to RSVP on their site.
The days and sessions are currently as follows: Thursdays 2pm to 4pm, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, 7pm to 9pm; Fridays 2pm to 4pm, 4:30pm to 6:30pm and 7pm to 9pm; Saturdays and Sundays 12pm to 2pm (Kids session ages 6 to 12), 2:30pm to 4:30pm, 5pm to 7pm, 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
During the designated kids session, be sure they have a legal guardian present for their time in order to get skating.
“Vans Skate Space 198 is a safe haven for all skateboarders regardless of skill, age, gender and race,” said Zach Sheats, Vans Americas Brand Marketing Manager, Skateboarding. “Skateboarding is a cultural driver fueled with positivity and the Vans Skate Space 198 is the physical address that will enable the skateboarding culture in New York City to feel it all year round!”
Like a DIY community space, skateparks usually bring people together from all walks of life. At this new park, even if hopping on a board to do kick flips and blind slides isn't your thing but you love skateboarding—artists, musicians, and filmmakers may also use the park to carry out their passions too.
"Whether it’s skateboarding itself, art or music, the programming offered throughout at Vans Skate Space 198 will be 100% informed by creativity and inspired by skateboarding’s authentic heritage," they wrote in the press release.