Andy Kessel was a NYC skateboarder who was not only very good at skateboarding but more importantly he cared about his city and especially its youth.
It is very fitting that the NYC Parks Department has renamed the Riverside Skate Park, located in Riverside park on the lower level at 108th Street and Riverside Drive, the Andy Kessel Park.
Because Andy Kessel built this park along with a group of youngsters from Harlem and the Upper West side with financially support from the NYC Parks Dept and The City Parks Foundation.
If you want to get a sense of Andy Kessel, the beautiful video clip will tell you all you want to know. He just loved skating, which comes across clearly in the video and it shows what deep humanitarian he was, which you can see in the kindness of his face.
He died in 2009 when he was helping a friend at the age of 48.
The Riverside Skatepark is a fitting memorial. It’s a beautifully designed skatepark but more importantly it serves the people of New York, and that was the essence of the spirit of Andy Kessel. LIKE all those New Yorkers who selflessly give to others.