Lewiston Skate Park
Kennedy Park is the site of a 12,000-square-foot skate park complete with in-ground concrete bowls, ramps, stairs, half-pipes and landscaping. Spearheaded by a group called Skate Lewiston/Auburn Movement (SLAM), the project has engaged youth “in a participatory approach” that “challenges them to step outside their comfort zones” to create an action plan to build the park, including planning, coalition building, and fund-raising. Designed by the nationally acclaimed design firm of Breaking Ground, the park will be the first in-ground, all-concrete park, the preferred medium for skate parks by skaters and municipalities because of its low-maintenance qualities. Skaters rave about its smooth surfaces and fluid form. About 25 percent will be for beginners, the rest for intermediate and pro-level skaters. The project is expected to be complete by 2007.