Skate park redesign in the works at 11th & Rhode Island NW

      Plans for a new skate park at 11th & Rhode Island call for an all-concrete facility. (Image: Courtesy DPR)

      Skateboarders accustomed to tearing it up at the skate park at 11th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW will need to find an alternate spot for the next several months. The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation began demolition work last week on the facility, to make way for a new and improved, all-concrete skate park.

      Construction is set to last several months, with an expected opening in Feb., 2011, according to DPR spokesman John Stokes.

      In addition to new concrete skate obstacles, the park will also get new fencing and a concrete surface pad. Stokes says local skateboarders were consulted on the design before it was finalized.

      With the temporary closure, that leaves only one designated skateboarding facility in the District for the time being, at the Langdon Park Recreation Center.