Built in 1989, the East Side Recreation (Rec) skatepark is the oldest municipal skatepark in New York State. In conjunction with Jah Skate Shop, which was located at 8 Caroline Street from 1988 until 1993, the skatepark used to host many team demos, spawned a few professional skaters, and in the mid-90's was an official stop for Vans Warped Tour skate contest qualifications. The skatepark is a highly respected piece of East Coast skate history, and its popularity has grown along with the popularity of skateboarding and other wheeled sports.
Improvements replaced the skatepark's outdated facilities with a poured-in-place concrete park featuring a new bowl, banks, ledges and rails for a total cost of $445,905.08. Special thanks to the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department along with OnDeck, Saratoga Springs DPW, Saratoga City School District, Pillar Design and Artisan Skateparks.