NYC’s first skate park in a residential development is open at Waterline Square

February 1, 2022

Photo credit: Jonathan Robles

Remember when having a group of teenagers with skateboards hang out at your building was considered a bad thing? Times have changed, skateboarding is an Olympic sport, and Waterline Square‘s skate park, complete with a custom mural by a local artist, is open. Located in the Upper West Side condo and rental complex’s 100,000-square-foot amenity center, the Waterline Club, the skate park offers a half-pipe and mini ramp, plus hang-out space with seating.  The new amenity is the first of its kind in a New York City residential development.

Featuring a 42-foot-long, 4-foot-high half-pipe and 10-foot-high mini ramp, the skate park was designed by award-winning skate and bike park designers SITE Design Group.

Commissioned by developer GID, the colorful custom mural that serves as a backdrop was created by artist and native New Yorker Valentino Mikalef of MAC (Mural Art & Consulting).

The skate park, open year-round for residents, has been a hit. According to a spokesperson for the building, it’s “even attracting a group of teenagers who skate together multiple times a week.” If you don’t own gear, fear not: Skateboards and helmets are available for use.

“Through a surrealistic lens we expose some of the city’s cherished landscapes and icons that are truly New York,” muralist Mikalef said in a statement. “Skaters now have the opportunity to ride with an authentic street art piece serving as an engaging backdrop. Extra mustard on that Hot-Dog!”

Waterline Square is also known for its three-acre public park, nestled in the middle of the development’s three glassy towers, Waterline Square Park offers a  huge playground and unique water features, and has hosted events like live music performances and yoga classes.

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 Artist credit: Concept by Valentino Mikalef & Painted by David Wang of Klughaus Collective; Assistants: Timothy O’Sullivan, Sean Hamilton, Ariel Parrow, Joseph Juarez

Photo credit: Jonathan Robles

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