Mayor Faulconer, Councilmember Gomez Open New Skate Park in City Heights
Second Skate Park Opening This Week Continues Mayor’s Push to Expand Park Opportunities for All Neighborhoods
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego – Continuing the largest park expansion effort in modern city history, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined today by City Councilmember Georgette Gomez, community leaders and dozens of children to open a new world-class skate park inside the Park de la Cruz Neighborhood Park in City Heights.
“We’re working hard to deliver new and improved parks throughout the city because they bring our communities closer together,” Mayor Faulconer said. “This first-rate skate park has been years in the making and will make City Heights a draw for skateboarders across the city. It’s also the latest example of how our neighborhoods are finally getting the investments they deserve.”
The 19,000-square-foot skate park boasts a mixture of bowls, pipes, steps and rails – all of which were designed by the renowned Site Design Group to accommodate all skill levels. Other upgrades to the surrounding park include drought-tolerant landscaping, a solar canopy, picnic facilities, walking path upgrades and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements.
“This skate park is a testament to what can be achieved when the community gets together and advocates for more services,” Councilmember Gomez said. “Thank you to all those who pushed this project forward, especially the City Heights youth who got involved and made this all happen.”
This is the second new skate park to open in as many days following yesterday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Linda Vista Community Park. Both projects are part of Mayor Faulconer’s ongoing commitment for 50 new or improved parks across the city over five years.
Other community parks completed this past year include Torrey Meadows Neighborhood Park in Torrey Highlands, Wightman Street Neighborhood Park in City Heights, Old San Ysidro Fire Station Mini Park and Civita Central Park in Mission Valley. More than a dozen other park projects are currently in various stages of design or construction.
“We are very excited to open the Park de la Cruz skate park for the City Heights community and local skateboarders,” said Herman Parker, Director of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. “A skate park has been something the neighborhood has been wanting, and we are thrilled to provide more opportunities for children and families to get outdoors and enjoy time with friends and neighbors. We look forward to the continued development of the Park de la Cruz site and providing more recreational amenities to the community in the very near future.”
Both the Park de la Cruz and Linda Vista skate parks were designed and built thanks to a $4.5 million grant awarded to the City of San Diego by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The project also received financial support from the Tony Hawk Foundation.
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