Skateboarders Stoked about Skate Park

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July 10, 2013 | 4:24pm

In just six to nine months, skateboarders in Lakeside will get to roll into their very own skate park and practice their grinds, slides and ollies.

Teens raise their skateboards in jubilation during the groundbreaking for a new skate park at Lindo Lake County Park. Supervisor Dianne Jacob is pictured on the far right.

County officials and other dignitaries held a ground-breaking ceremony at Lindo Lake County Park Wednesday and skateboarders couldn’t be more excited about getting a space of their own to practice their skateboarding tricks.

“Today’s groundbreaking means a lot to Lakeside and it means a lot to me,” said Supervisor Dianne Jacob. “This project is a great example of a community rallying around its youth. It will provide a clean, safe environment for skaters to practice their sport without endangering people or damaging property.”

“This 16,000 square-foot skate park is being built in an area that is surrounded by other recreation amenities including tennis courts and exercise trails,” said County Parks and Recreation Director Brian Albright. “Lindo Lake County Park already features a teen center and a recreation center and the park itself is the heart of the Lakeside community.”

The long-awaited dream project was years in the making. Residents, skateboarding enthusiasts and community leaders formed the Lakeside Skate Park Committee in July, 2009. The County Parks and Recreation Department hired former professional skateboarder Kanten Russell from Action Sports Design/Stantec to develop the park in 2011. Anton Construction was awarded the construction contract and the concrete skate park complete with ramps, rails and a skate bowl is scheduled to open in spring, 2014. The park will cost about $603,000 and is the County’s first skate park construction project.   

Sketch shows future skate park at Lindo Lake County Park.