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State of the Art Skatepark Coming to McVicker Canyon Park

New skatepark planned to open this fall

Post Date:04/30/2018 8:46 AM

McVicker Canyon Park Targeted for State of the Art Skatepark Venue

City prepares to kick off construction for this new amenity, aims to complete skatepark by October

Skateboarders on the northern end of the City should once again be able to skip, slip, slide and glide at McVicker Canyon Community Park later this year.

City officials have kicked off efforts to construct its new and best skatepark in the City. This month, the City Council approved an agreement with Seattle-based Grindline Skateparks to construct the new skatepark.

The company in conjunction with City representatives is striving to build a skatepark that will surpass anything constructed in the region to date.

“This will be the crown jewel of the skatepark system here in Lake Elsinore,” Grindline spokesman Matt Fluegge said.

Opened nearly two decades ago, McVicker Canyon’s skatepark was the first one built in the City. Since then, newer, more sophisticated skateboarding venues have been constructed at Serenity Park in southwestern Lake Elsinore and Summerly Community Park south of the lake.

Through the years, McVicker Canyon Skatepark became a regular target for vandalism and misuse. As a result, most of the equipment was no longer in good working condition or safe for use. In October 2017, the City was forced to shut it down to avoid further damage and safety concerns.

City leaders hope to have the McVicker skatepark completed and reopened by late October.

Some of the elements envisioned by the city “could be used as a training ground for future skateboard champions,” said Assistant City Manager Jason Simpson.  

The City is seeking feedback from the community on the preliminary design for the facility during a Community Meeting scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, in the Lake Elsinore Cultural Center located at 183 N. Main St.

"The McVicker skatepark design brings Dream Extreme to reality for the skating community. This will be the ultimate skate location in Lake Elsinore!" said Johnathan Skinner, Director of Community Services. 

The community is urged to share their ideas and feedback on the current design. Comments should be shared with the Community Services Department at (951) 674-3124.

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