Insurance fundraising to come for skate park

Sevyn Blanes of Rio Dell ollies steps at the Eureka Skatepark’s Grand Opening in 2009, a similar concrete skate park is planned for the Southern Humboldt Community Park.
Sevyn Blanes of Rio Dell ollies steps at the Eureka Skatepark’s Grand Opening in 2009, a similar concrete skate park is planned for the Southern Humboldt Community Park. Shaun Walker — The Times-Standard
The current skateboard ramps at the Southern Humboldt Community Park are being dismantled ahead of the building of a new concrete skate park.
The current skateboard ramps at the Southern Humboldt Community Park are being dismantled ahead of the building of a new concrete skate park. Richard Barnick — Contributed

As the dismantling of the current skateboard ramps takes place, Southern Humboldt Community Park organizers look forward to the completion of a more permanent, concrete skate park in its stead.

“We have had a number of good things happening regarding the [Southern Humboldt} skate park,” community member and park volunteer Richard Barnick wrote in a statement. “The community park has set aside a small parcel of land for a concrete facility.”

The current wooden half pipe measures 22-feet wide, 40-feet long, 4-feet high, according to the Southern Humboldt Community Park website.

The park’s Executive Director Kathryn Lobato confirmed the park set aside room for a skate park in the environmental impact report submitted to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors.

“It will be in a new location, it will be a good location,” she said.

The first ramp was built in 2006, the website states. But it has fallen into disrepair over the years, Lobato said.

“Dilapidated is a kind word,” she said. “They really let it go.”

Barnick said he hopes to have fundraising events to finance the insurance costs and have people skating this summer.

Loboto said the insurance costs the park $2,000 annually, and the park can’t allow skaters until it is fully insured so that may take through the end of this year, Lobato said.

“There’s a lot of things that need to happen before we can do that,” she said.

Lobato added that no full skate park proposal has been submitted to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors for approval.

“We plan to have a skate park there in the not too distant future,” she said.

The Board of Supervisors considered and approved several community park proposals last month including allowing 10 acres of the property to be used for sports fields, allowing for the park to hold events where up to 5,000 people could attend, the creation of a pedestrian bridge over a stream, certification of the park’s environmental impact report and transferring housing development credits on the property.

“After 20 years of work we are very close to realizing a skate park to be coupled with baseball, soccer fields and a small BMX track,” Barnick wrote.

He said people can call Tsunami Surf & Sport at 707-923-1965 for more details.

More Southern Humboldt Community Park information can be found at sohumpark.org.

Hunter Cresswell can be reached at 707-441-0506.

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