Orange plans to fund the city’s first skate park – Orange County Register

A long-awaited Orange community skate park has now received its funding for construction at Grijalva Park.

The City Council recently agreed to pay a portion of the parking fees from the Irvine Company dedicated to Grijalva Park as part of its Santiago Hills II development in East Orange to build a skateboarding space on a portion of the half-serviced park .

City officials estimate that an 11,500 square meter skate park and toilet facility in Grijalva will cost around US$1.5 million to design and build.

It would be Orange’s first city-operated skate park, city spokesman Paul Sitkoff said. Vans operated an indoor facility at the Orange outlets for years, but it closed early in the pandemic.

Kids in Orange are often told “that they can’t skate in certain parts of the city,” Councilor Chip Monaco said. “But we have nowhere to lead them.”

A skate park has long been part of the master plan for Grijalva Park, which dates back to 2005.

The first phase of the park’s development was completed in 2011 and included the sports center and some grading, landscaping and other work to cover the former landfill site on which part of the park is located.

In response to renewed interest from a handful of community groups to work with the city on some of the remaining 9 hectares of undeveloped land, an updated plan for Grijalva Park was created in 2019, which included space for the skate park, as well as a community theater and water sports centre.

The operators of Orange’s Contenders Boardshop have been behind the push to build the park for the past few years, raising money through the retail store by setting aside $5 from each shoe sale. The store saved about $28,000 to put them in the skate park, city officials said.

Now the city council’s funding commitment is “putting everything in motion,” Sitkoff said.

Officials must first identify a location in Grijalva Park where the ramps will go. When the park plan was updated in 2019, the skate park was located over the former landfill, a site that “may require additional planning and/or geotechnical surveys to conduct soil testing,” according to a city report.

The latest proposal is to place the ramps at the site of the previously proposed water feature, just outside the perimeter of the landfill. The group that originally pursued the floating facility is no longer raising funds for the project, city officials said.

Any projections as to when design or construction might begin are “premature,” Sitkoff said. “There’s still a lot to do before we start talking about a timeline.” Orange plans to fund the city’s first skate park – Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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