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Drop-In for a Special Event at the Santa Clarita Skate Park

Post Date:10/09/2019

Drop-In for a Special Event at the Santa Clarita Skate Park

By Councilmember Bill Miranda

Ten years ago, the gates were officially opened, the first rider dropped into the bowl and the first kickflip at the Santa Clarita Skate Park was landed. A decade has gone by, and skateboarders, BMX riders and scooter enthusiasts of all ages have honed their skills and performed tricks over every inch of the park.

Having this fun and active amenity in Santa Clarita allows everyone, from children to adults, to have a place where they can go to spend time with friends in an exciting, safe environment. As the second decade of operation commences, the City of Santa Clarita is holding an event to celebrate what the skate park has meant to the community.

In addition to this landmark occasion,  the City is also proud to add its next public art piece when “Inertia,” a mural by the talented Miguel A. Del Real, is officially unveiled. The public is invited to attend this art dedication, which will be part of the Santa Clarita Skate Park’s 10th-anniversary celebration, on Saturday, October 19, at 10:00 a.m. just inside the main entrance to the skate park.

Earlier this year, Mr. Del Real held public outreach workshops to meet with those who use the skate park on a daily basis, as well as members of the community. Following this outreach, he compiled suggestions and feedback to help ensure “Inertia” is a mural that embodies the spirit and culture of Santa Clarita.

At the event on October 19, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the piece and hear Mr. Del Real speak. Following the public art dedication, members of the public will be treated to a skateboarding demonstration inside the skate park.

If you have children, be sure to take time to speak with City staff members from the Youth and Adult Sports offices. This will allow you to learn more about the City’s Junior Rider program, which is held at the Santa Clarita Skate park every Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

One of the most important things in a child’s life is having the opportunity to explore their interests. Unfortunately, too many kids give up on activities they like to do because they feel intimidated by the challenge or are not confident in their abilities. The Junior Ride program creates an atmosphere that eliminates those factors. For these two hours each week, the skate park is closed to any skater or rider over the age of 12. This allows younger riders and those just getting started to have fun and build their confidence while using the park with kids who are the same age. A parent or guardian is required to be in attendance and safety equipment must be worn at all times.

The City is currently looking to expand the Junior Ride program by hiring contract class instructors who will teach the basics of skateboarding and scooter riding. Once an instructor has been found, more information on classes will be communicated by the City and added to the offerings in the quarterly Seasons magazine.

Recreation, the arts and ensuring children have opportunities for enrichment is what Santa Clarita is all about. Come celebrate all three at the public art dedication and 10th-anniversary event at the Santa Clarita Skate Park on October 19!

Bill Miranda is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at bmiranda@santa-clarita.com.

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