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Frank Ferry: Gear up for skate park opening

Live from City Hall

Posted: March 19, 2009 11:18 p.m.
Updated: March 20, 2009 4:30 a.m.
 
After months of construction, the city of Santa Clarita will officially open its new state-of-the art skate park to the public March 27 at 3:30 p.m.

At the grand opening, Santa Clarita skateboarders will finally get the chance to shred the concrete paradise they helped design alongside their friends, the community and professional skaters.

After extensive collaboration among city staff, local boarders and seasoned skaters, the new Santa Clarita Skate Park is the real-life manifestation of local boarders' half-pipe dreams.

For those who have heard a lot of community hype about the new skate park, rest assured - the park's bark matches its bite.

Located at the city's Sports Complex at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita, the 40,000-square-foot skaters' playground features a capsule riding surface, 10- and 11-foot bowls, grind ledges, a half-pipe, snake run, stairs, skateable planters, rails and more.

The new, improved skate park's opening will also feature displays by more than 15 skate vendors for guests to browse.

Local kids will have the chance to skate alongside and watch exhibitions from the professional skaters attending the event. The world's largest skateboard will be there. To fuel the fun, guests will also enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs.

Designed by the community, RJM and Site Design, the new skate park dwarfs its predecessor with its size and design. The city's previous 12,000-foot park gave local boarders a place to surf the Santa Clarita concrete, legally, for more than 10 years. The city is investing approximately $1.5 million to build the new park.

When the city purchased 38 acres for its Sports Complex in 2001, in addition to the already owned 22 acres, it identified the potential for creating a regionally significant sports complex.

As part of the City Council, Commission and staff's commitment to enhance recreation facilities and opportunities for residents, the city initiated the Santa Clarita Sports Complex Phase IV, which called for an expanded skate park to accommodate the sport's local popularity.

The skate park is just one component of Phase IV of the Sports Complex expansion project. The 14-acre project, scheduled for completion this summer, will feature the skate park, a multi-use field, outdoor basketball court, off-leash dog area, expanded parking and more.

The skate park does not just give local kids another place to use their boards - it's also the premier skate park in all of California.

The park's completion signals the beginning of an era for local youth and opens the door for them to enjoy a great place to skate and view professional exhibitions, concerts and more for months and years to come.

For more information regarding the new Santa Clarita Skate Park or the grand opening event on March 27, visit www.santa-clarita.com.

Frank "Mayor Dude" Ferry is mayor of Santa Clarita. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. "Live from City Hall" is a column provided to The Signal by the city of Santa Clarita.

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