ECHO PARK -- Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell on Wednesday announced that funding has been identified to start work on a new $1.1 million dollar skate park at the Echo Park Recreation Center.
Set against the backdrop of an abandoned, empty, and graffitied pool next to the 101 Freeway, the Councilmember made the announcement during a news conference, and was joined by the skate park design team and community members who participated in the process.
“Shortly after the Echo Park shallow pool closed in 2004, my goal was always to identify funding to create a skate park at this site,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “Thanks to the input from the design team, we will build a world-class venue that users of all levels can enjoy, perfect their skills, and catch some air in the new skate bowl. I am so proud of the work we accomplished thus far, and I look forward to seeing the first skateboard in the bowl.”
The design process was a community driven collaboration between City departments and local residents.
“As a landscape architect and former skater, I’ve always found the sport to be a creative expression of athleticism and an artistic re-interpretation of urban objects,” said David Godshall, a community member who served on the Skate Park Oversight Committee. “By building a skateboard venue in Echo Park, our community will be encouraging, not discouraging, the boundless creative energy of our residents,.”
The skate park will be located on the east side of the Echo Park Recreation Center facility, at Bellevue and Echo Park Avenue. The City will use Prop K and additional Department of Recreation and Parks allocated funding for the project.
“The Department of Recreation and Parks is thrilled to be working closely with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the Bureau of Engineering to make this skate park a reality for skateboarding enthusiasts and community residents in Echo Park,” said Michael Shull, General Manager, Department of Recreation and Parks. “We look forward to coming back soon to break ground on the Echo Park Skate Park project and to enjoy a grand opening celebration for the community once construction is completed.”
The designs include a mini-bowl in the center of the park and street-style elements along the park perimeter. The venue will be geared toward both beginner and intermediate level skaters, and utilize 7,000 square feet of space at the Recreation Center.
"We are excited that the additional funding has been identified for the project," said Gary Lee Moore, City Engineer. "We look forward to beginning construction and delivering the Echo Park Skate Park to the community in Spring of 2018."
During his first term in office, Councilmember O’Farrell has been a champion for improving and preserving our park space and city facilities. O’Farrell also utilized Prop K funds to renovate the Hollywood Pool, and worked with staff to identify funds to make improvements at Carlton Way Pocket Park and Smith Park in Hollywood, Seily Rodriguez Park in East Hollywood, Bellevue Recreation Center in Silver Lake, and worked on installing three new shade structures at the Silver Lake Dog Park.