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Sunday, July 22, 2018

New Skate Park Slated for Laveen

When Rob Dyrdek’s Street League skateboarding tour rolls into Glendale on July 17, a new skate plaza should be up and running at Cesar Chavez Park in Laveen.

Dyrdek, a professional skateboarder who has a popular show on television, donated the park to Phoenix. It was originally planned for Margaret T. Hance Park, but there were drainage issues that needed to be addressed, said Chris Ewell, a landscape architect for the city.

Dyrdek wanted the park to be finished by the time he arrives on tour. “He wanted television time with it and film for his television show,” Ewell said. Dyrdek donates a skate park at every stop on his tour, an effort geared to giving kids in low-income areas somewhere to skateboard safely.

This year his pro tour also travels to Seattle, Kansas City and New Jersey.

A skate park was planned for next year for Cesar Chavez Park, but because of the delay at Hance, Laveen got the park instead, said District 7  Councilman Michael Nowakowski.

“This is going to be great,” Nowakowski said. “Kids need things to do, especially in the summertime.

Shelley Rogers Fletcher of the Laveen Community Council said the skate park facility was welcome news to her group, which has seen interest in a skate park from residents.

“We are excited to see improvements at Cesar Chavez Park especially one that will be as popular as the new skate park,” said Rogers Fletcher. “It was one of the features mentioned in the survey done last year and it got a lot of attention from Laveen residents. Until there is enough funding to move forward with the planned Laveen Community Center at Chavez Park, these smaller amenities are a welcome addition to our community. I know the youth of Laveen will be thrilled to have a skate park in the neighborhood.”

Placing this skatepark does not rule out a similar park downtown, he said. Dyrdek’s foundation is not opposed to building the park as early as next year, at Hance or somewhere else downtown, Nowakowski said. That area is also within Nowakowski’s district.

California Skateparks is a multidisciplinary company specializing in the design and build of public and private concrete skate parks, plazas, skate spots has been hired to the do the $50,000 project. The company does a lot of work for the Dyrdek Foundation and has built more than 200 projects.

“They know what they are doing and they are on track,” Ewell said.

Cesar Chavez Park already has lighted basketball courts, lighted softball and tennis, a boat ramp, fishing, a lake, picnic area, playground, racquetball, a multipurpose field and soccer fields.

“We have baseball fields, football fields and soccer fields. We need something like this,” Nowakowski said.

He said he is in the process of putting together an advisory council for Chavez Park to help decide what it will look like in the future, which will include a community center and swimming pool.


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