The Project is Rapidly Progressing; Creating a Vibrant and Safe Space for all Opening in Spring 2024; Additional Grant Funding Announced.
The Town of Perinton today announced significant milestones in the development of the Perinton Skatepark and Perinton Park Improvement Project. This transformative project, which the Town announced in August 2022, is the result of extensive community engagement through public surveys and community meetings. Project partners, including MRB Group, Spohn Ranch, Rochester Earth, Inc., EDR, Town of Perinton staff, and local skatepark advocates, are working together to bring the community’s vision to life.
“The Perinton Skatepark and Perinton Park Improvement project exemplifies the power of community collaboration,” said Town Supervisor Ciaran Hanna. “We are creating a space where families and individuals can come together, stay active, and foster a sense of community. I am thrilled to witness the transformation of Perinton Park and the development of our new Skatepark, reflecting the collective vision of our community. We are optimistic that project progress will continue rapidly throughout the fall, and finishing touches will happen this coming spring.”
Work began earlier this year, with a focus on improving infrastructure, including the lower parking lot, drainage, grading, and a stormwater management facility. Perinton Public Works was able to complete a significant amount of the work in-house, creating additional cost savings.
The construction of the skatepark officially started on July 31, 2023, and the project has made significant progress, including grading and the installation of steel rails. Concrete pouring, weather permitting, continues daily to ensure rapid progress.
The project also includes enhancements to the park’s pedestrian gateway entrance from 31F, ADA-compliant sidewalks, improved lighting, and landscaping to enhance the park’s accessibility and convenience. Additionally, a new expanded parking lot layout has been finalized, with its finish work and opening scheduled for spring 2024.
Recreation and Parks Commissioner Jeff Nutting said, “The transformation of a once dormant area of the park into a cutting-edge Skatepark promises to have a profoundly positive influence on our community. This park has been meticulously designed to cater to individuals of all abilities and modes of wheeled transportation, ensuring inclusion for everyone. With upgraded sidewalks, an enhanced gateway entrance, and a host of other amenities, it is set to evolve into a true community gathering place.”
To facilitate continued construction and improvements, the new parking lot and the overall site will remain closed through the winter. While concrete work is ongoing, the final touches, elements and enhancements are anticipated to be fully completed by spring of 2024, ensuring a well-prepared and safe environment for all users.
The Town had secured $1,000,000 in grant funding for the skatepark from Assemblymember Jen Lunsford. Today, an additional $500,000 in grant funding from New York State was announced, for a total of $1,500,000. The Town has also allocated ARPA funding and town tax dollars to support park improvements such as the new expanded parking lot, ADA-compliant sidewalks, and enhanced gateway.
“This skatepark will be an enormous asset to our community, providing a safe space for skaters, skateboarders and bikers to practice and play,” said Assemblymember Jen Lunsford. “I was thrilled to be able to provide $1 million to get this park built and to announce an additional $500,000 to provide lighting and shade structures so this park will be safe and welcoming to our neighbors and visitors.”
The Fairport Perinton Partnership, in collaboration with local skatepark advocates, is actively fundraising for park amenities. Greg Pilato, a Perinton resident and an active member of the Fairport Skatepark Campaign, is helping to lead this effort.“Public skateparks provide a healthy activity for kids and adults alike. Skaters will finally have a safe dedicated space to practice their sport and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Pilato.
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