December 20, 2011

Skate Contest and Advocacy Wed Dec 21, 4pm

Join us Wed Dec 28 Wed Dec 21 at 4pm at Susan B 238 in Queens. Contest 4-5, Advocate for public access to public parks (including 12+A) 5-6pm.

New Breed skateboards - Jamaica clip from newbreedskateboards on Vimeo.

For Directions click here

December 18, 2011

Please Welcome our New Director of Skateboarding Rob Campbell

For Immediate Release

December 18, 2011
For more information please contact: Paula Hewitt Amram,

We are pleased to announce that Rob Campbell, pro skater, NYC native, and owner of New Breed Skateboards, is the new Director of Skateboarding for Open Road.

Please join us in welcoming him at his upcoming work with us in our Skateboarding Physical Education classes, our annual skateboarding events, and our advocacy to ensure skate spots remain open to the public citywide.

Welcome Rob!

For more information:

December 12, 2011

Help get 12+A open to the public

join us Thur 4pm at the Rooftop, 350 Grand Street, NYC. RSVP to

December 2, 2011

12+A/Open Road Park

Donations from Vans this past summer 2011, were spent to pay Sean, Billy, Tim, East Side students and skaters to keep the park open under Paula's volunteer supervision, up until August 18, 2011. This public access for skaters and everyone else was led by Paula, Open Road/12+A founder, until the school shut down public access.

As of September 2011 Vans donations have instead gone directly to East Side. East Side is now saying the park is closed to the public. Please contact us at to advocate for public access.

Income: May to August 2011, 4 months x 1750 = $7,000

Payments: May to August 2011: $7,183.00

Funds paid from Open Road, May to August 2011 to
Sean Nguyen, Billy Rohan, Tim Rutgers, for work at Open Road Park/12+A from May 1, 2011 to Aug 18, 2011 and to summer jobs for East Side students/skateboarders: Maria Grant (East Side student/skater), Joshelly (East Side student/skater), Swing replacements for Park; parts and hardware: $400.00 (receipts)

Total: $7,183.00

Breakdown by person

Sean Nguyen, May 1, 2011 to June 30, 2011: $1,533.00

Billy Rohan, July 7, 2011 to August 18, 2011: $1,450.00

Tim Rutgers, July 7, 2011 to August 18, 2011: $1,400.00

Maria Grant and Joshelly: July 7 to August 18: $2,400

Paula Hewitt, May 1, 2011 to August 30, 2011: 10 hrs/wk for 10 weeks provided to supervise public access for skaters and everyone, volunteer

November 5, 2011

connect the beat

Join us on the Rooftop Sun Nov 6 1:30 to 4:30 for Connect the Beat

September 2, 2011

Prove It: Improving Parks with Youth

Right now, youth/adult teams are planning improvements to Faber Park in Staten Island, Forest Park in Queens, and Betsy Head Park in Brownsville, Brooklyn. You can add your own information about any park to the NYC skate/BMX park map so everyone can see it.

Click the pic of the Forest Park locals to see our NYC skate/BMX park map combined with Oasis. You can create a custom map showing your skatepark together with subways, flood zones, elected officials, schools, and other information you can use to advocate for park improvements, in Oasis.

Our Prove It programs are supported by the Levitt Foundation, and by individual volunteers.

August 16, 2011

AfroPunk OpenRoad 2011

AfroPunk Free School at Commodore Barry Park

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At AfroPunk in August 2011 we'll have a week long free school at Commodore Barry Park led by pros in BMX skate + photography/art. Free. Ages 13-18. email us at for more info.Kids will produce professional level photographs and art work and compete in skate and BMX comps during the Afro-Punk festival. Click here to view the curriculum framework for the school. Click here for our photo/art curriculum. Click here for our skateboarding curriculum.

Check out Tracy Landon, 18yrs old when he made this as part of our AfroPunk arts program.

June 10, 2011

Open Road Park

Above photo, far left: Paula and Tim from Open Road with volunteers in 1993, placing the landfill liner to remediate the contaminated soil at Open Road Park. For more pictures of kids and Open Road turning this place from a contaminated vacant lot into a park, go to this link

Click the timeline below to see how we got rid of an infamous 90's era drug spot in the Lower East Side, and replaced it with a park open to skateboarding, gardening, basketball, volleyball and teen programs. Click here to support these free programs.

Click this link for a New York Times article about our skateboarding classes with East Side Community High School, where girls and boys learn in Open Road Park.

See the Sports Illustrated Teen cover story on Open Road Park here

Click this link for a New School Press article, and here for an ABC News story about our fun positive programs for girls and boys on the Lower East Side.

May 8, 2011

Thomas Greene Park

Thomas Greene Park review from Quartersnacks...

"The people at Open Road, California Skateparks, Friends of Douglass Greene Park, and the Tony Hawk Foundation were smart enough to figure out that the best thing for New York, a place predominantly filled with ledge skaters, a place where twenty people would line up to skate a concrete island into traffic in the back of Union Square, would be to put three ledge-like obstacles in a basketball court, as opposed to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to build a wedge ramp to a ledge with a Euro gap three feet after it. Now at Douglass Greene Park on 3rd Avenue and Degraw Street ...they have a bench with one curved side and another straight side, a low manual pad, and an up-and-down sort of triangle ledge, all on familiar basketball court ground. Take the D, N or R to Union Street, skate north for two blocks, and make a left on Degraw"...

May 4, 2011

Sat May 7th Thomas Jefferson Park, Harlem

Billy Rohan presents Element Make it Count and King of Spring at Street Games in Harlem on Saturday May 7th 11am to 3pm. Open Road and New York City Parks invite you to join our hosts Billy, Alex Corporan, Rodney Torres, and Donny Barley. Contest runs 11am to 4pm with a course designed by Billy using Element Drop Spot obstacles. A dozen skaters will lead free skate clinics for the kids. Parks Dept is open to more skate spots cause we're telling them the numbers of skaters justify it, so come out May 7th and prove it.

April 5, 2011

February 7, 2011

January 20, 2011

Open Road Teen Programs

We create programs together with teenagers in digital arts, video, skateboarding, BMX, music, dance, gardens, environmental design.

openroad afropunk: art, skate, music, video

January 11, 2011

NYC skate/bike parks

click here to go to the interactive map

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