Plans for new skate park excite audience at workshop

first_imgTyler was most excited by the 360-degree tunnel included in the design, even though the beginning skater doesn’t yet have the skill to ride it. But Tyler’s mom, Denise Schumann, said she is sure he’ll get more experience before the park’s expected opening next summer. “This design is great and long overdue,” she said. Replacing the current 12,000-square-foot skate park, the new and improved 25,000-square-foot skate park promises to attract “shredders” from all over. Its amenities were compiled from ideas at a community workshop in December that allowed local skaters and bikers to design six different “dream parks.” CANYON COUNTRY – Full of state-of-the-art bowls, verts, grind boxes, rails and stairs, Santa Clarita’s new skate park promises to bring innovation to skaters and BMX riders across the valley. “The design is unique and hasn’t been done before in other skate parks,” said designer Brian Moore of Site Design Group. The current local skate park was built in 1998, “and skating and BMXing has changed a lot in nine years,” he said. The design was revealed at a Saturday community workshop meeting and was well-received by the extreme-sports crowd. “This design is dope,” said 9-year-old Tyler Schumann. The most-requested attractions for the new park included lighting for night skating, elaborate concrete hills and valleys, hips, ditches, half pipes and full pipes, ledges of various sizes and a stage and stairs. “We are really trying to hear the community to meet the needs of every skater and biker,” said Glenn Bogna, the city’s project manager for the skate park. The new skate park will be at Reuthers Avenue and Centre Pointe Parkway, the focal point of entrance to what will eventually be a new 60-acre sports complex. BMX riders Cody Davis and former pro-biker Brian Martin are just excited to see local government invest in a new skate park. “This (current) park is really small and more of a beginner park,” Martin said. Davis and Martin also favored longer operating hours for the new park to appease older riders who want to ride after work and on weekend nights. “There’s a youth session on weekend mornings, which I think is great, but maybe we should have an evening adult session, too,” Martin said. Still, most skaters and bikers at Saturday’s meeting were just excited and eager to see their dream park become a reality. The final design plan will be reviewed by the city Parks and Recreation Committee on March 1, with the goal of breaking ground by January. For more information, go to or call (661) 286-4000 and ask for the project manager. [email protected] (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img