ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The non-profit Noteworthy Resources is soon opening an indoor skatepark at 930 Broadway in Albany. The Endure Skatepark had its soft opening on Saturday for monthly members and volunteers.
The non-profit Noteworthy Resources organizers wanted Endure Skatepark to attract skateboarders and be considered a place for the entire community.
The skatepark is lnside Noteworthy Resources’ new community center in 930 on Broadway, an apartment building by Redburn Development. The rest of the community center has office space for workshops and a loading dock area for live music and art shows.
The skate program started almost three years ago with local meet-ups that Tatiana Benack and a friend from Brooklyn would organize. She says she was surprised to see over 50 people show up on the first day.
“The goal of the skatepark is to provide a safe space for all people to feel included and empowered to skate,” said Tatiana Benack, Founder and Executive Director of Noteworthy Resources. “Since 2020, our skateboarding program, Skate Albany, has given many late bloomers, misfits, and youth a chance to explore and flourish within the skateboarding world.”
For Jeremiah Gray, he didn’t grow up with any skateboard parks. He says he now feels excited to see multiple options in the area.
“So when they built the outdoor one at Washington Park, that was already amazing,” he said. “Now you have an indoor one for the winter, and it’s just perfect! Can’t get any better than that.”
The organization is also offering a variety of health and wellness programs.
“We have four going on right now, including an ‘Ask A Doula Friend Circle,’ which is great. We also host educational workshops open to everyone in the community. And if you have a youth that wants to get more involved, they can participate in the discussion and meet with other people… This is for everybody.”
You can now become a member on the Noteworthy Resources website, and the organization plans on having its grand opening to the public by early May.
“Remember, we are a community non-profit organization that depends on our community to stay open and provide services,” said Benack. “All the proceeds made from NWR’s services, such as the skatepark, workshops, and shows, go right back into our organization to keep providing you, our community, with this amazing, safe space for all.”