Monday, June 06, 2011


Groundbreaking Ceremony for Skate Plaza @ Jackie Tatum/Harvard

South Los Angeles - Like every other place in the world, skateboarding has become extremely popular in South Los Angeles. And like so many places, skater's do not have a designated skate park and use an open area at a local park. Skaters and their parents have been asking for a skate park and the City of Los Angeles Department or Recreation and Parks are answering their need.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new skate plaza at Jackie Tatum/Harvard Recreation Center on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Councilmember Bernard C. Parks (CD 8), representatives from the Bureau of Engineering and Recreation and Parks, and community members were there to celebrate the start of construction.

When complete, the 10,000-square-foot skate plaza will include grinding ledges, rails, staircases, ramps, a quarter pipe, planters and various transition elements. The new skate plaza will help create a safe haven for local and visiting skaters to practice their skills. The project also includes other outdoor park improvements including a new pathways, fencing, irrigation and security lighting.

Jackie Tatum/Harvard Recreation Center is located at 1535 West 62nd Street in Los Angeles 90047.

MEDIA CONTACT: Andrea Epstein, 213.202.2690

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