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$1.75 million skatepark coming to City Heights

 City Heights skatepark is important because "it keeps them safe and keeps them out of harm’s way,” said Mid-City CAN Youth Council member Henry Mallory, 19. Photos by Adam Ward
A City Heights skatepark is important because it keeps young people "safe and keeps them out of harm's way," said Mid-City CAN Youth Council member Henry Mallory, 19, at Go Skateboarding Day on June 21 in the area behind Weingart library. Photos by Adam Ward

On July 2, the City of San Diego announced that it will receive $4.46 million from the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development to build and design skateparks in City Heights and Linda Vista.

City Heights will have an "innovative multi-generational, custom built, concrete skateboard park" in Park De La Cruz, wrote Charles Chamberlayne, press secretary and senior advisor to Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer.

The City Heights park will receive about $1.75 million, with about $40,000 coming from the Tony Hawk Foundation, and be constructed in the existing park. Mid-City CAN Youth Council members were excited to learn that their advocacy paid off.

"After three and a half years working on this campaign I'm really proud of our efforts to bring a skate park to the community," said Angeli Hernandez, 20, Mid-City CAN Youth Council Member. "I'm even prouder that the whole community can benefit from this."

Another Youth Council Member and skater imagined City Heights after both the new park and the skate plaza, which the City is scheduled to begin building this year as part of the new Central Avenue Mini Park, near the corner of Central Avenue and Landis Street

"We have so many skaters in our community," said Mid-City CAN Youth Council Member Terry Stanley. "We'll have enough space."

The grant funds are the result of a collaborative effort with organizations including 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, Chamberlayne wrote. The California Endowment's $1 billion, 10 year Building Healthy Community Initiative funds 14 communities throughout California, including City Heights, to change the way that health happens by becoming more prevention focused, safer and healthier.

The announcement came shortly after Go Skatboarding Day, an event that promotes skateboarding around the world. In City Heights, Mid-City CAN Youth Council members and skaters set up ramps and rails on June 21 in the area behind Weingart library in a local celebration. At the event, many skateboarders talked about the importance of creating more parks, including skateparks, in City Heights to create a safer environment that promotes health and exercise.

"It keeps them safe and keeps them out of harm's way," said Mid-City CAN Youth Council member Henry Mallory," 19. "If they are skating on the street, they could get hit by cars, or they can get tickets for trespassing."

About 50 people participated in Go Skatboarding Day June 21 in City Heights in the area behind Weingart library.
About 50 people participated in Go Skatboarding Day June 21 in City Heights in the area behind Weingart library.

$1.75 million skatepark coming to City Heights

 

By Adam Ward

 

On July 2, the City of San Diego announced that it will receive $4.46 million from the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development to build and design skateparks in City Heights and Linda Vista.

 

City Heights will have an “innovative multi-generational, custom built, concrete skateboard park” in Park De La Cruz, wrote Charles Chamberlayne, press secretary and senior advisor to Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer.

 

The City Heights park will receive about $1.75 million, with about $40,000 coming from the Tony Hawk Foundation, and be constructed in the existing park. Mid-City CAN Youth Council members were excited to learn that their advocacy paid off.

 

“After three and a half years working on this campaign I’m really proud of our efforts to bring a skate park to the community,” said Angeli Hernandez, 20, Mid-City CAN Youth Council Member. “I’m even prouder that the whole community can benefit from this.”

 

Another Youth Council Member and skater imagined City Heights after both the new park and the skate plaza, which the City is scheduled to begin building this year as part of the new Central Avenue Mini Park, near the corner of Central Avenue and Landis Street

 

“We have so many skaters in our community,” said Mid-City CAN Youth Council Member Terry Stanley. “We’ll have enough space.”

 

The grant funds are the result of a collaborative effort with organizations including 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, Chamberlayne wrote. The California Endowment’s $1 billion, 10 year Building Healthy Community Initiative funds 14 communities throughout California, including City Heights, to change the way that health happens by becoming more prevention focused, safer and healthier.

 

The announcement came shortly after Go Skatboarding Day, an event that promotes skateboarding around the world. In City Heights, Mid-City CAN Youth Council members and skaters set up ramps and rails on June 21 in the area behind Weingart library in a local celebration. At the event, many skateboarders talked about the importance of creating more parks, including skateparks, in City Heights to create a safer environment that promotes health and exercise.

 

“It keeps them safe and keeps them out of harm’s way,” said Mid-City CAN Youth Council member Henry Mallory,” 19. “If they are skating on the street, they could get hit by cars, or they can get tickets for trespassing.”

 

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