The Heaven skate park opened officially on Saturday afternoon, after five years of planning, building and collaboration. The opening day celebration brought people of all ages and skill levels from all over
"This is going to be like a mecca for
"We're just glad it's happening," said
That community atmosphere was palpable on Saturday as skaters high-fived and cheered each other on while spectators wandered the perimeter, chatting with vendors and graffiti artists.
A space like Heaven creates a real "underground bonding," Trotman said.
"Everything is smooth, the transition isn't too choppy," he said of the concrete ramps and ledges, "and just good people. There are really good people here."
The park was proposed in 2009 by then city councilman
"We're pretty happy with it," Mahoney said on Saturday. The area was an unofficial skating location long before construction started on the park, and Mahoney said that although Saturday was the official opening, people had started skating there again as soon as the concrete hardened.
"If you take out the fence and you have a skate park, people are going to skate," he said, laughing. "The risk was never that people wouldn't come."
The best part, Mahoney said, is just how talented
"I'm psyched," he said. "Everyone's really good."
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