Hi yall, a thread on the road forum about the lack of velodromes got me thinking about the lack of these in New England. (From what I can tell anyway)
For those that don't know, the lands along the Charles River in Boston are being totally redone in the wake of a major construction called the Big Dig. Each parcel of land has been turned over to a different entity for development. One of the more controversial parcels is going to be developed into a skate park. The police and neighborhoods are worried about attracting the wrong kind of crowd to this area, and the CDC needs to use private funds to build the park (which they are having difficulty raising). This is primo land, in a primo spot, although this specific parcel is going to be in part underneath the ramps of the new Bridge and Route 93. It's in the heart of Boston/Cambridge (by the Museum of Science on the Cambridge side), close to Green Line, Orange Line, and Red Line, and Commuter Rail, and is near I-93, Route 1, Mem Drive, Storrow, etc.
The skate park is going to be "world class" and they are raising private funds to start construction. They will try to accomodate BMX, Skateboards, and In-line skates.
Wouldn't it be really cool to get a velodrome installed in there?
I would like to suggest that interested parties in Boston go to the link below and offer a suggestion to the CRC to add a velodrome into the mix. From what I can gather, this would offer several advantages to the park:
* would provide the only velodrome in all of New England
* training for an Olympic Event
* would attract leagues and more mature/organized groups than the typical boarders (which could help alleviate fears of attracting the wrong crowd)
* cyclists have a long history of successful fundraising activities (the CRC needs around $1 Mil more before construction)
* thousands of recreational cyclists would be able to stay off the streets and participate SAFELY in the sport
Anyway, do people think that's a good idea? If so let me know what you think and also go to the link below and send them an email. There's a link asking for feedback. That might be a good place to start.
Charles River Skate Park Information