Lakeside community gathers at Lindo Lake to celebrate ground breaking for new skate park

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On Wednesday, July 9 the community of Lakeside, alongside county staff and the Department of Parks and Recreation, broke ground for construction of Lakeside’s upcoming skate park.

Brian Albright, County of San Diego Park and Recreation Department director said that it is great pleasure to open a new park in the county, but without the support of the community to help plan, build and maintain it, it will not happen.

On Wednesday, July 9 the community of Lakeside, alongside county staff and the Department of Parks and Recreation, broke ground for construction of Lakeside’s upcoming skate park.

Brian Albright, County of San Diego Park and Recreation Department director said that it is great pleasure to open a new park in the county, but without the support of the community to help plan, build and maintain it, it will not happen.

“That most definitely did not happen in this case,” he said. “I have never seen a project in my 10 years that had more community support or a greater number of organizations involved in making it happen.”

He said the Friends of Lakeside Skate Park, the Lakeside Highway Lions Club, Lakeside Community Planning Group, Lakeside Revitalization and Lindo Lake Sub-committee, Tony Hawk Foundation, Action Sports Design, Rec-club Skate Crew, Lehigh Hanson, county staff and the community residents from Lakeside were all responsible for making the skate park a reality. 

He said at the top of the list was the support of San Diego County Supervisor Diane Jacob. She said she is a big supporter of youth sports, but she is not an expert when it comes to skateboarding.

“I don’t know what is called a nollie from a McTwist and I don’t know what is called a Goofy-foot from a laser flip,” Jacob said. “And I have to tell you I am not about to find out.”

She said the project was important to her, as it was a great example of the community rallying around its youth. She said they started by wanting to establish a clean, safe environment for skaters to exercise without endangering people or damaging property and a well-maintained spot for skaters willing to uphold rules and regulations. She said this skate park, with its design, will be a draw for skaters throughout the region.

Jacob said without the support of the community, the skate park would not be a reality, with the community contributing $65,000 to the construction of the 16,000 square foot park and agreeing to take over the responsibility of running and maintaining the facility.

Though needing board approval, the park is dubbed the Daily Disposal Skate Park. Lakeside’s trash collecting company, Daily Disposal donated $25,000 to the Friends of Lakeside Skate Park minutes before the ground breaking ceremony.

Jacob and Albright said that when a community comes asking for a park and recreation amenity to its community they point them in the direction of Lakeside, who knows how to do it right.

For more information on the park, how to donate or volunteer, or buy a special  engraved brick that will go within the construction of the facility go to www.lakesideskatepark.org.

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