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Council OKs $150K for temporary skate park

Facility would be used until new one opens.

Posted: March 26, 2008 5:02 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Santa Clarita skateboarders can skate on.

The council unanimously agreed Tuesday night to spend up to $150,000 to build a temporary skate park while the city constructs a larger park at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex in Canyon Country.

"If we have some sort of temporary facility, the majority of the kids who don't have the option of leaving the city will have somewhere else to go," said Mike Riederer, owner of a local skateboarding shop. "I think the kids in this community will appreciate it."

The request comes to the council after a swarm of skateboard fanatics spoke at a February City Council meeting asking the city to find a way to provide them with a place to skate during renovations. City officials met with about a dozen skateboard enthusiasts on March 19 and decided to recommend the council approve funding for a temporary park, said city Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Rick Gould.

The temporary skate park will include above-ground ramps and rails on a surface the size of a basketball court. The city has not yet decided on a site for the temporary park.

As part of the city's plans to expand the sports complex, the city is building a 40,000-square-foot skate park at the corner of Ruether Avenue and Centre Pointe Parkway. The city planned to remove the existing 11,000-square-foot park in August or September. The city is estimating it could take a minimum of four months - but realistically six to nine months - to build the new park, according to a city staff report.

Keeping the existing park open would have meant an additional $1 million and a total project delay of 12 to 18 months because the city would have to redesign and construct a temporary drainage basin at the existing park.

The council also directed the city to finalize the $725,000 purchase of property at 24515 Spruce Street in downtown Newhall to make room to build the Newhall Library the city and county are planning as part of an effort to revitalize the downtown Newhall area.

The 6,200-square-foot property is occupied by dog day care center Paws for Fun, which will be able to continue leasing the space for 15 months.

The council also approved an additional $15,000 in fees to finalize the purchase, according to a city staff report.

The new library will be between 16,000 and 30,000 feet in size, replacing the existing 4,000-square-foot library on Ninth Street.

The city already owns several parcels on the block and, in December, the council approved the purchase of three nearby parcels occupied by the CarQuest Auto Parts store at 24533 San Fernando Road and the city is planning further negotiations to acquire additional parcels on the block.

At the request of Mayor Bob Kellar, the council also voted to decide at a future council meeting whether the council will release to the public a report regarding the legal requirements of disclosing financial information to the state. City Attorney Carl Newton compiled the report earlier this month after a local activist pointed out missing information on the mayor's forms. Kellar has since filed amendments disclosing the information.


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