Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and professional skateboarders attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at Flushing Meadows Corona Park's new skate park.
The park was opened as part of the "Adopt-a-Park" program, where small businesses, community groups and individuals provide funds to refurbish city parks.
The $1.1 million for the park, which is located at the old Astral Fountain from the World's Fair, came from the Maloof Brothers, who own the Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.
"We decided let's take advantage of it, build a beautiful park for the kids, and donate it to the kids,” said Joe Maloof of Maloof Companies.
"We brought them around, showed them some locations, and they just fell in love with this spot at the fountain at the site of the state pavilion and the unisphere,” said Queens Borough Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. “It's a beautiful spot in Flushing Meadow."
Skaters are giving the park rave reviews.
Note: If you live in an area of Queens without waterfront towers, you are forced to rely on the generosity of strangers. Elsewhere in this City, taxpayers actually foot the bill for park construction...