Coleman Oval Skatepark 2.0
Credit: Jeremy Berger

We met Rodriguez at the Coleman Oval skatepark, newly renovated thanks to funding from a variety of sources including NYC''s Department of Parks & Recreation, a grant from Architecture for Humanity and Nike, Inc., and P-Rod's own foundation. Although his roots are in California, Rodriguez has a special appreciation for New York. "There's a whole different breed of skater here because the streets are rough, a lot of cracks in the ground, it's tough," he says. The other reality for street skaters in New York is the same one he encountered as a kid in LA: getting kicked out, chased out, ticketed by the police. "A place like this gives the kids a place they don't have to worry about getting harassed." [Coleman Oval Skatepark, Pike Street and Monroe Street, New York, NY]