NEW ALBANY — The Carnegie Center for Art and History, in partnership with the city of New Albany, is moving forward with plans to transform an outdated waterfront skate park into a skateable work of public art.
Demolition of the former skate park is underway and construction on the New Albany Flow Park is slated to begin in August.
“New Albany has been focused on improving quality of life in the city for years and the Flow Park will provide another exciting, functional, and interactive venue for citizens and guests,” Mayor Jeff Gahan stated in the news release. “The City is proud to be partnering with Carnegie Center for Art and History and others to build the Flow Park, which will become a visible welcome to those visiting our city.”
Develop New Albany and SoIN Tourism have joined Samtec Cares, Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, Duke Energy Foundation, Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, and Humana Foundation to support the public art initiative, according to a Carnegie Center news release. The project is also funded by individual donations and a substantial allocation from the Carnegie Center for Art and History, Inc., the non-profit support organization for the Carnegie Center.
“The New Albany Flow Park is a really unique project that integrates art into everyday life and healthy living. It will become a destination for locals and tourists alike, highlighting our shared Ohio River history," Eileen Yanoviak, director of the Carnegie Center, stated. "We are so grateful to our supporters who have made it possible to see this project come to fruition.”
ABOUT THE FLOW PARK
The New Albany Flow Park is a non-traditional public art project that rehabilitates an underutilized, antiquated skatepark along New Albany's waterfront into a skateable and playful work of art. Located between the amphitheater and the Sherman Minton Bridge, the park will be transformed into an interactive, stylized Ohio River scene that celebrates the robust history of the region.
Complete with a steamboat and symbols of Ohio River bridges and waterscapes, the design is the result of a collaborative process between the community, the Carnegie, and Hunger Skateparks, a design and build firm based in Bloomington.
For more information visit carnegiecenter.org/publicart/new-albany-flow-park/.