On August 18th, Councilman Davian Sanchez (Ward 11) announced that the first phase of construction for a new skateboard park at the Davey Lopes Recreation Center has been completed. The second phase of work will begin in September and the park is expected to be completed in early October. This will be the third skate park in Providence and the first on the city’s South Side.
“I am committed to expanding recreational opportunities for our children,” said Sanchez, who represents the area where Davey Lopes is located. “By creating safe spaces where young people can gather together to play, we help keep them away from more dangerous activities and encourage their physical and social development.”
Located at the corner of Tanner and Somerset Streets, the first phase of construction for the new 4,000 square foot skate park involved the demolition of the tennis court that had previously been on the site and the installation of a new smooth surface. During phase two, the Parks Department will install a number of above ground modular features, including grind rails, a launch ramp, a bank ramp, a spine, and possibly more. “Building this park has been a true community effort,” explained Sanchez. “The Parks Department met with neighborhood children and used their input to develop a design that will maximize the benefit to the community.”
The skate park is just the latest in a number of steps Councilman Sanchez has taken to improve the Davey Lopes Park and Recreation Center. Sanchez was instrumental in saving the Davey Lopes pool from closure and has been a major supporter of the facility in general. “My vision is to make Davey Lopes the premier location for recreational activities in the city,” Sanchez stated. “With a community garden, a large playground, a beautiful walking track, lighted outdoor basketball courts, the newly re-opened pool, and now a skate park, we are well on our way to achieving that goal.”