Like much of New Orleans, City Park — one of the nation’s largest and oldest urban parks — must undergo extensive redevelopment after Hurricane Katrina. In order to embrace new cultures and sub-cultures, City Park has allotted a generous portion of open space to a new skating facility for use by both skateboarders and roller skaters alike.
To foster awareness and raise funds for this new facility, the Tulane City Center has been selected to provide imaging and ideas for the new proposal. TCC teamed up with City Park and the New Orleans skateboarding and roller derby communities in order to create the most versatile and authentic facility. The desire for a leading skatepark in New Orleans has existed within the skating community for many years both pre-Katrina and post-Katrina.
Now, with the addition of a roller derby track and supporting systems, this new skating facility has the potential to be one of the premiere parks in the nation, attracting multi-generational users and tourists to the city and the park, as well as facilitating City Park’s participation in the growing multi-billion dollar national skateboarding industry.