The New Albany Flow Park has been completed and is open for wintertime use. Following is the Carnegie Center’s press release, edited only slightly for much needed fumigation.
… The Carnegie Center for Art and History is proud to announce the completion of the New Albany Flow Park, a one-of-a-kind skate-able work of art on New Albany’s waterfront, enhancing the Ohio River Greenway. The New Albany Flow Park is a unique and ambitious project that integrates art with healthy living and quality of place initiatives.
Carnegie Director Eileen Yanoviak says, “The park is now a destination for locals and tourists alike, highlighting our shared Ohio River history in an unexpected way. It really removes the barriers to arts access, bringing free, interactive arts experiences directly to people in the community.”
The concept originated with Carnegie Center curator Daniel Pfalzgraf, a lifelong skateboarding enthusiast. “The New Albany Flow Park is a dream come true that will have a positive impact for many years to come,” says Pfalzgraf. He credits … the community for the “vision and commitment to bring this intersection of art, history, and physical activity to life.”
“This truly is an authentic park that will add to our growing list of amenities along the New Albany Shoreline, and it would not have been possible without the support of some outstanding organizations” …
… The $500,000 New Albany Flow Park renovation is possible with support from SoIN Tourism, Develop New Albany, Carnegie Center for Art and History Inc., Humana Foundation, Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, Duke Energy Foundation, Caesars Foundation of Floyd County, and Samtec Cares.
In early Spring, a full ribbon cutting and celebration for the New Albany Flow Park will take place, including a memorial for beloved local skater Matt Brewer.
Details about the New Albany Flow Park
The New Albany Flow Park is a non-traditional public art project that rehabilitated an underutilized and outdated skatepark along New Albany’s waterfront into a skate-able and playful work of art. Located between the Amphitheater and the Sherman Minton Bridge, the park has been transformed into interactive, stylized Ohio River scene that celebrates the robust history of the region.
Complete with a steamboat and symbols of Ohio River bridges and land- and waterscapes, the design is the result of a collaborative process between the community, the Carnegie Center, and Hunger Skateparks, a nationally-recognized design and build firm based in Bloomington. The design is aesthetically pleasing, historically significant, and functionally interactive as a skate- and playpark.
The project provides a diverse community gathering space that integrates art and creativity with healthy living and the ongoing riverfront beautification efforts of the Ohio River Greenway Project. The Ohio River Greenway has been underway since the 1970’s, intending to highlight a multi-community River Heritage. The New Albany Flow Park project and site enhances the recreational and artistic amenities of New Albany and the region, improving quality of life and economic development.