NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans City Officials along with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and some local skateboarders celebrated the opening of the city's first-ever public skatepark, Saturday. The 18,000 square foot park can accommodate skateboards, roller skates, rollerblades, bmx bikes, inline skates and non-motorized scooters, according to a city spokesperson.
The park, also known as "parisite", due to its proximity to Paris Avenue in the St. Bernard Area, is open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is located at the intersection of Paris Avenue and Pleasure Street, underneath Interstate 610.
"NORDC Parisite Skatepark is another example of how we are building dynamic, new partnerships to create exciting recreational options for our youth across New Orleans," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "Skateboarding is a growing sport and this park space has been specifically designed for that purpose. I want to thank Spohn Ranch Skateparks and Tulane City Center for their generous donations to make this skatepark a reality and our local skateboarding community for their commitment to maintain and support programming with our partners at NORDC. By working together, we have created a unique place that can inspire our young people and give them an opportunity to stay physically active and out of trouble."
The City of New Orleans, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), Tulane City Center, Spohn Ranch Skateparks and a nonprofit group formed by local skateboarders, known as Transitional Spaces, all collaborated on the project.
NORD Foundation Chairman John Sibal said, "On behalf of the corporate and community leaders that serve on the NORD Foundation, I want to thank the organizations that united to advance this project from an idea to reality. The positive impact of NORDC Parisite Skatepark is a testament to the good that happens when people work together for the betterment of our communities."
"As the first public skatepark in New Orleans, I am happy to celebrate the opening of Parisite Skatepark in District D," District D Councilmember Jared Brossett said. "This park will offer skaters a safer place to practice and enjoy their sport."
Below are the rules for the skatepark:
· Helmets are required of all users. Helmets should fit properly and must be certified for skateboarding and/or trick roller skating.
· Users are strongly encouraged to wear properly fitting: elbow pads, knee pads, wrist pads, and mouth guards.
· The only devices allowed in the skatepark facility are skateboards, roller skates, rollerblades, inline skates, BMX bikes, and non-motorized scooters. All motorized devices and vehicles are prohibited.
· Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
· No glass containers, food, or beverages are allowed on the skating surface.
· No littering. Please use trash cans.
· No drugs, alcohol, firearms, or weapons are permitted.
· No loud music, profanity, or disorderly behavior are permitted.
· Be respectful of neighborhood; do not block driveways.
· Be respectful of the park. No graffiti or tagging is permitted.
· Animals are not permitted in the skatepark.
· Users are prohibited from erecting unauthorized ramps, jumps, or making any other structural additions or changes inside or outside of the skatepark area.
· NORDC reserves the right to revoke privileges from any individual who does not obey these rules, demonstrates unacceptable conduct, or for any other just cause.
· All organized events must have written approval from NORDC. If you wish to organize an event, please contact NORDC at (504) 658-3062.