SKATING FACILITY PRAISED.
Less than two years after opening, the Santa Clarita Skate Park, a hot spot for area youths, has won its first award.
The Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation has recognized the skate park with its Outstanding New Sports Facility award, after narrowing finalists from more than 50 public agencies from Ventura to San Diego.
The skate park, which features a 75-foot long ``snake run'' course among other attractions - is one of four recreational facilities completed or under construction at the city Sports Complex off Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country.
The skate park's innovative design, versatility and safety-conscious programs stood out in its field of competitors to the Athletic Federation, Santa Clarita city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said.
Besides the popular snake run, the upper area of the skate park features cement structures resembling a double bowl, keyhole bowl, low rail and pyramid. An access ramp connects the upper park to the lower park, which leads to other skating ramps, steps, slides and walls.
As a safety incentive, Sports Complex staffers periodically distribute $20 gift certificates for skaters to use at local retail stores toward the purchase of skate equipment and protective gear.
The staff also schedules blocks of times for younger skaters to have exclusive use of the park, so they do not have to yield to older skaters who tend to be more skillful and perform more challenging stunts.
``This recognition truly demonstrates team effort and cooperation of members from Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and the Planning Department to create a quality, multifaceted skate park,'' said Tymeri Cuervo, city recreation coordinator.
The Santa Clarita Skate Park, which charges no admission, was proposed to the city in 1994 by area skaters who had no public area in the city to practice the sport legally. The city pursued the proposal in 1997, after the state Legislature relieved cities and counties of liability from skating on public property, and construction of the Sports Complex began.
Parks officials estimate an average of 300 youths and young adults utilize the facilities daily. Recent lighting improvements have enabled the city parks and recreation department to keep the skate park open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Dec 15, 1999|
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