Jamaica Plain Has A Brand New Skatepark — And It’s Already Been Graffitied

There hasn't even been an official grand opening for Jamaica Plain's renovated skate park on the Southwest Corridor, and it's already been graffitied. Skateboarders quickly took to the newly renovated skatepark between Oakdale and Amory streets. Before being closed the skatepark had makeshift skate ramps made through the years, but now the skatepark has smooth curves all around it with a landing area for skateboarders, non-motorized scooters, rollerbladers, bicyclists, and more. The renovations cost $75,000, with the Department of Conservation and Recreation providing $50,000 on top of $25,000 from Converse and Wheels of Steel.

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State Nixed Proposed JP Dog Park Due to ‘Limited Favorability’

In 2018, the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation announced that a site by Oakdale Street on the Southwest Corridor Park was selected to become a dog park. That proposal never came to fruition, and it doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon. The Oakdale Street site was chosen after public meetings and the discussion of three proposed sites. At the time there seemed to be overwhelming support for a dog park in Jamaica Plain. Fast forward to 2020 and DCR got a new commissioner with Jim Montgomery, who performed a review and evaluation of many projects.

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Jamaica Plain Skatepark Closed Into September for Rehabilitation

The Jamaica Plain Skatepark on the Southwest Corridor is closed into September as the state rehabilitates the old street hockey rink into a new skate park. Before being closed, the skate park had makeshift skate ramps that were created by the community through the years. The project includes the installation of new ramps for visitor use. The skatepark is between Oakdale Street and Amory Street, and is being remade by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The adjacent pedestrian pathway is also closed.

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