Misserville Skate Park

Misserville Skate Park



Lawrence has its very own skate park, thanks to the persistence and hard work of a group of young skaters who launched the project more than five years ago. The skaters, self-dubbed the Sk8 Kids, spent several years conducting research on skate park design, scouting out parks in surrounding communities, organizing meetings with city officials, and circulating a petition among city residents to garner support for the project. Groundwork Lawrence has been involved in the project since 2001, providing assistance with site selection, design meetings, fundraising, and project coordination with the City of Lawrence. The initial idea for the skate park expanded to include a complete renovation of Misserville Park, a 1.6-acre site along the Spicket River that serves a school yard for the Leonard School.

The park, which was hot-topped and had almost no green space, has been transformed into a dynamic new recreation area with basketball courts, a mini-turf field, walking path, lawns, trees and plantings, and a picnic area next to the river. In addition, a new courtyard garden has been constructed on the south-facing side of the school with raised garden beds that provide an opportunity for outdoor classroom activities and schoolyard gardening. The overall design scheme was created in collaboration with the principal, teachers and students from the Leonard School. Construction of the entire project was funded by the Massachusetts Urban Self-Help program and the City of Lawrence CDBG program. The Misserville Skate Park creates another new link in the evolving Spicket River Greenway.