Monday, August 28, 2006

Dedication of expanded Pedlow Skate Park

Los Angeles - The Department of Recreation and Parks dedicated a $2.1 million improvement project at Pedlow Skate Park in the San Fernando Valley on Friday, August 18, 2006. The skate park has been quadrupled in size, from 10,000-square-feet to 40,000-square-feet.

All of the new features to the five-year-old skate park are below ground level and include a snake run, both shallow and deep bowls to augment the existing sunken ramps, rails and stairs.

The firm David Evans & Associates of Ontario designed the expansion, which was built by the City's General Services Department and the California Skate Parks of Upland. The Bureau of Engineering in the City's Department of Public Works managed the project through its Recreational and Cultural Facilities Program.

Funding came from Propositions K, 12 and 40, all of which are voter-approved measures. When the skate park originally opened in February 2001 it was the first facility in the City of Los Angeles with such a unique in-ground design approach.

Since skateboarding is one of the fastest growing sports among children and is the third largest participant sport in the U.S. the new Pedlow Skate Park will surely be put to good use. The park is located at 17334 Victory Blvd. in Encino. There is an entrance fee of $1 per month for skaters under 18 and $5 per month for those over 18-years-old. Helmets, knee and elbow pads must be worn by all skaters. For more information call: (818) 266-6991.