Bridge demolition leads to skateboarders getting new park

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Skateboarders have turned a concrete area beneath a St. Louis bridge into a skate park.

But with that 76-year-old Kingshighway bridge now set to be torn down, the skateboarders are getting a city-authorized park.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( reports that they formed a nonprofit and began looking three years ago for a permanent place to skateboard. A grand opening for the new skate park is set for June 21.
The old bridge is expected to close July 6 for demolition. A new span is planned to take its place as part of a $21 million project.
For now though, skateboarders have two parks that are two miles apart.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,