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Long-awaited skate park debuts Thursday in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls officials and local skaters will officially open the city’s new skate park during a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Hyde Park, across from Gaskill Preparatory School.

The ceremony will coincide with the first public skate at the park, which is the culmination of 20 years of discussion, a petition drive, two years of planning and two months of construction.

The $494,000 facility, which will accommodate skateboarders, BMX bike riders and inline skaters was funded through a federal grant, as well as $10,000 from the Tony Hawk Foundation. The design and placement were a collaboration of the Youth Bureau, Police Department, Community Development and Department of Public Works, with input from young skaters, according to Community Development Director Seth A. Piccirillo.

Officials hope the new facility moves skaters from Old Falls Street, where they had been damaging concrete benches and planters in front of the Niagara Falls Conference and Event Center.

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