A Skate Park Grows in Brooklyn

In 2009, Traci Johnson set her sights on building a skate park at Brower Park in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Skateboarding was surging in popularity, but the nexus of Crown Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant and Brownsville was a skate park desert. The lack of sanctioned skate spots led to tension with police, with kids skating where they weren’t supposed to or ducking turnstiles to go to skate parks further off. Johnson lobbied State Senator Eric Adams, winning him by marshaling a critical mass of skateboarders to knock on his door. The park opened last fall with three skate elements. Johnson hopes to expand Brower park in phases, and open other skate spots in city parks along the same model. Listen to the story below.


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