Mabel Davis Park finally reopened last December after five years of toxic-waste abatement and new construction. The site of a landfill that closed in 1955, the centerpiece of the park is Austin’s first city-provided skateboarding bowl that looks like an empty swimming pool. Skateboarding should not be a crime, and here, among the stairs, railings, and benches built especially for the sport, it is OK for ‘boarders to work out their acrobatic skills. The 50-acre park also has an Olympic-size swimming pool, playscapes, hiking trail, open space, and a basketball court.
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