An ephemeral skate park arrives at Bde Maka Ska

A statement from the MRPB says the temporary skate park will be built in a section of the North Parking Lot, located off West Lake Street.

MINNEAPOLIS — As the area around Minneapolis’ Maka Ska Boulevard continues to transform, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MRPB) announced Friday that it will now begin construction on a new pop-up skate park.

A statement from the MRPB says the temporary skate park will be built in a section of the North Parking Lot, located off West Lake Street. The construction will take place in the coming weeks.

The project began as a response to “unlicensed skateboarding”, which the MRPB said interfered with vendors in the area. Because the makeshift park has been removed, the MRPB says it has worked with a local skateboarding advocacy group to find space within Bde Maka Ska Park for a suitable, temporary solution.

In collaboration with the City of Skate group, the MRPB agreed to use furniture and pieces salvaged from the park’s old infrastructure to make the pop-up park a reality.

According to the MRPB, the park is expected to be completed in the coming weeks and remain in place until at least 2023, when its future use will be assessed.

Construction has also begun on a new $8 million pavilion at Bde Maka Ska, which is on the same spot where the old pavilion burned down in 2019.

The MRPB says it hopes the new pavilion will become a gathering space for locals and visitors who want to experience Bde Maka Ska.

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