01/16/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/16/2018 16:54
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego - Continuing his pledge to build or improve 50 parks across San Diego in five years, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined by City Councilmembers Scott Sherman and Lorie Zapf in Linda Vista today to officially open the largest skate park in San Diego County and one of the biggest in the state.
With dozens of community members, professional skateboarders and representatives from the Tony Hawk Foundation behind them, Mayor Faulconer and the Councilmembers cut the ceremonial ribbon on the new 34,000-square-foot skate park inside Linda Vista Community Park.
'We are in the middle of the largest park expansion effort in modern city history because I want every neighborhood, every family and every child to have a park where they can make memories of their own,' Mayor Faulconer said. 'This world-class skate park will challenge skaters of all levels and help bring people together like only a top-notch park can. Residents are clamoring for projects like this and I'm so excited to help deliver this for the entire San Diego region.'
This is the first of two new skate parks the City is opening this week. The second opens tomorrow at the Park de la Cruz Neighborhood Park in City Heights.
In 2014, the City received a grant of $4.46 million from the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development to design and construct skate parks in the Linda Vista and City Heights communities.
The Linda Vista skate park - designed by the world-renowned Site Design Group and Schmidt Design Group - accommodates skaters of all levels with a variety of obstacles, including differing steps and rails and a full 360-degree pipe. The project also has a pedestrian bridge across the middle that serves as the skate park's connection to the rest of the Linda Vista Community Park and provides a vantage point for spectators to watch.
'After over five years of hard work by my office, city staff, and community activists, Linda Vista finally has the skate park it deserves,' Councilmember Sherman said. 'This new destination is one of the largest municipal skate parks in the state that will be enjoyed by Linda Vista and San Diego for years to come.'
Other park improvements include new lighting, landscaping, shade structures, and walkway and restroom upgrades in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In January 2016, Mayor Faulconer pledged to build or improve 50 parks in five years. So far, the City has opened or begun construction/design on over two dozen parks. That includes the following projects that opened this past year: Civita Central Park in Mission Valley, Torrey Meadows Neighborhood Park, Wightman Street Neighborhood Park in City Heights and Old San Ysidro Fire Station Mini Park.
The state grant funds received by the City were the result of a collaborative effort between Mayor Faulconer, Sherman, Zapf and former Councilmembers Todd Gloria and Marti Emerald. Other supportive organizations include the Linda Vista Skatepark Advocates, Linda Vista Planning Group, Linda Vista Recreation Council, Mid City Community Advocacy Network, Mid-City Skatepark Advocacy Group, City Heights Area Planning Committee, City Heights Recreation Council, Cherokee Point Elementary, The California Endowment and the Tony Hawk Foundation.
CONTACT: Greg Block at 619-227-3752 or [email protected]