The top photo by EVG; the rest by Stacie Joy
Late Friday afternoon, skateboarders filled the multipurpose courts (TF!) in Tompkins Square Park ... taking part in a hockey skate jam via Fucking Awesome on Ninth Street.
The hockey goal was a popular obstacle to take on... As we've been reporting, the city is expected to start the pavement reconstruction here this month.
The Parks Department will reconstruct the multipurpose courts, adding various amenities, including a two-lane seal-coated walking loop and new asphalt.
According to a landscape architect with the Parks Department (from a presentation in February), there's a lot of "asphalt structural damage," and it "needs to be replaced and repaired. And the only way to do that is to take all the asphalt down to the sub base and put new asphalt down."
Other additions: new benches, a kickball court, a high-low fountain that kids and adults can use simultaneously, and three new basketball backstops at the eastern end.
Skaters are worried the new asphalt will be either too soft or hard for skating, turning this decades-long hotspot into a useless spot.
If there were any concerns about the future here, it didn't show on Friday with an upbeat, endless summer vibe.