SOTW 5-26-08: Black Hole Ditch, Boston

sotw-5-26-08; Boston Black hole ditch

This week’s Shot of the Week is a spot in the Boston area that was known as the Black Hole ditch back in 1986 when the photo was taken. If I recall correctly, the reason it had that name had something to do with the temperature of the asphalt ditch in the hot summer sun. Nothing fancy, just one of those nostalgia shots. This is on my Boston trip negatives, but for all my lack of geographic knowledge of the area and memory loss, this might have been in the outlying burbs. Check it out.


  1. Scott on May 28, 2008 - Reply

    This spot is in Roxbury, which is a part of Boston. It’s drainage ditch which was a popular spot to skate in the eighties. It was ripped out about 5 years ago and is now all grass. Alot of good memories there, we used to stop there to skate on the way to the “C” Bowl in Cambridge.

  2. cskate on May 28, 2008 - Reply

    That looks like more fun to me right now than any skatepark in the NW.

    Let’s hear it for boiling hot, shirts off ditch sess’s!

  3. I’ve been there. Let me say it again. What exactly do you mean when you use the word fun? That said, it would be cool to build one of the old banked-slalom skatepark features or a ditch simulation in one of our future parks.

  4. cskate on May 28, 2008 - Reply

    What would be fun about it is that it wouldn’t be a skatepark. It would be a place that no one would care about and most of the time no one would be there. It wouldn’t be perfect, it would probably suck and you would have to make it fun by being creative and goofy. There wouldnt be a million kids, bikes and douchebags there vibing you for wearing pads and not being “hardcore” enough.

    That’s what I mean by fun.

  5. Well if you put it that way.

  6. enemy combatant on May 29, 2008 - Reply

    That sounds like 1976!!!

  7. cskate on May 29, 2008 - Reply

    Skateboarding will eat itself.

  8. I used to skate this spot in the late 90’s. It was on the way from my house to City Hospital. Rough pavement, not easy to skate, definite krypto territory. It was a very unfashionable place to skate at the time and dudes thought I was taking my life in my hands skating it at night, but I never got hassled once. Honestly, Copley was way more of a headache.
    According to Chris at Beacon Hill this was one of the O.G. Boston spots along with Metals, City Hospital, Needles Park, Turtles, and the C-Pool.
    All R.I.P. now except for the C-Pool.
    Also none of us were shutterbugs, this photo brings back many memories, thank you.

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