By Katrina Van Duzee/Garden Grove Journal
This December Garden Grove residents might not be busted for skateboarding in public parks anymore; just don’t forget your helmet.
At Tuesday’s city council meeting the first reading was passed to make two changes to the city of Garden Grove’s municipal code allowing skateboarding in designated public skate park facilities and setting regulations in public skate parks. The council voted 5-0 to approve these changes, amending a previous ordinance which prohibited skateboarding in city parks.
A second and final reading must be passed in order to adopt the laws.
“This is an exciting addition to the city, the kids are going to love it,” councilmember Steve Jones said.
The passage of the ordinance will mark the final step in a three-year effort to get a skate park built in Garden Grove. In 2007 councilmember Dina Nguyen asked city staff to look into building a skate park after the council voted to ban skateboarding in the city.
Skate parks in Garden Grove Park on 13641 Deodara Dr. and West Haven Park 12250 West St. have begun construction and the skate park located in Garden Grove Park is set to open in December, assuming the municipal code is amended, Community Service Director, Kim Huy said.
According to a staff report the purpose of the skate park is to provide skateboarders, skaters and BMX bicycle riders with a facility within the city to skate or ride, but safety regulations have been added to the proposed ordinance to protect the city and skaters. Safety regulations include requiring facility users to wear safety gear, only BMX bikes and in-lines skates may be used and no outside gear or obstacles are allowed at the facility. Citations would be issued to any users in violation of these rules, Huy said.
“I was really impressed with how much there is to the skate park. I didn’t expect it to be that robust and the ramps to be that big,” Jones said.
The staff report did not state the exact cost of the skate park, but said the financial impact was “relatively minor.” Since the skate parks are being built in existing city parks the costs are considerable less.
Expenditures include the printing of signs and time spent implementing the new law.