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Will a New Zakim Skate Park Ease Skateboard Woes in Copley Square?

The park will be near the Zakim bridge, in East Cambridge.

Construction on a long-awaited Charles River Skatepark is set to begin next year, per agreement of the two agencies charged with building it.

The skatepark has been in the works since 2001, when the Charles River Conservancy began planning for it and raising what today totals $2.5 million toward its construction. 

This summer the CRC and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation finalized the Memorandum of Agreement governing the contruction of the park, which will be in North Point Park in East Cambridge, under the ramps of the Zakim Bridge. After the park is complete, the DCR will operate it.

The park will serve skateboarders, rollerbladers and BMX bikers. Its design was based on the input of hundreds of skaters in the Greater Boston area. The plans will be coordinated with Education First's upcoming project, which includes a waterfront restaurant, according to a DCR press release. 

"We hope the local community and surrounding region share our excitment and vision of this faciitly as a world-class amenity once it is completed," DCR Commission Edward Lambert Jr. said.

Do you think the park, once completed, will draw away skateboarders from Copley Square? Tell us in the comments below!

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