Save Channel St Skatepark
I am Brandon Meyers and I'm a volunteer for the San Pedro Skatepark Association. I'm starting this account in hopes to raise money for permits, insurance, maintenance and repair of the Channel St Skatepark.
Channel St Skatepark was built in 2002 as two little bumps in a park and ride under the 110 Fwy. Before volunteers from the SPxSA decided to buid down there it was a region of San Pedro looked at as nothing. Homeless were all that occupied the area, and it was a place for bad people to do bad things. The volunteers had to deal with that for awhile while they were building down there. Those two bumps turned into a bowl and the area that was once looked at as nothing now became a place for kids (like myself) and skateboarding.
Throughout the years the skatepark gained more and more volunteers, and brought skaters from all around to want to skate and help out down there. It created a community and a family. Every piece of the skatepark is built by someone working for no money, but on their own free will to help any way that they can and to skate afterwards. There are a lot of people that care about this place.
Recently Cal Trans and POLA started construction on the 110 Fwy right above the skatepark, which then led to the skatepark being closed for 1 year. The SPxSA and every skater that skates down here respected the workers and the rules that were set, which stated that no one was allowed in the park and ride or the skatepark. They told us the park would be unharmed although they did minor damage. They told us we would have our skatepark back in a year and now we recieved an email stating we have to pay for numerous permits, liability insurance, and possibly rental costs for the property to be able to come back to OUR skatepark. In a way i feel we were led away from our home with lies and now that we are gone they are trying to take our home away. The San Pedro Magazine did a report on the skatepark in early 2012 with the headline "From Renegade, To Legit". Now we went from being "legit" to needing permits which I dont think is right. I really think POLA needs to reconsider their decision to charge us to skate.
So if you can help out anyway you can, it will be greatly appreciated. This skatepark is there for more than just the skaters that skate there today but for the next generation of skateboarders. This place is our Home , help us save it please.
Hi Everyone, this is Andy Harris with the San Pedro Skatepark Association. Thank you all for donating to the cause! We are a little more than halfway to our goal of raising $15,000 for the Channel Street Skatepark. Presently, negotiations with the Port of Los Angeles concerning our status are going well. The Port has indicated that though there will be permitting requirements once we re-open the skatepark, the costs should be minimal. This is very good news. We will be required to re-open a liability insurance policy as well. The park is a mess right now due to the freeway widening project going on above it, so there will be major clean-up and repair work that will need to be addressed once we return too. Also, the Port wants to install new fencing to separate the skatepark from the adjacent railroad track. The money raised on this site and elsewhere will go towards everything mentioned above; permits, insurance, maintenance and repair. Thanks again for your support and keep spreading the word! Please check out the link below for the local newspaper's story on the Channel Street Park.
A great skate spot, fun for adults & youth alike. In a rough area this is the most positive thing around. Skate Army mobilize, organize & support. If you are organizing a benefit art show or concert please let me know when & where to send product & art donations. "Long live Channel Street"
My son is one of the skaters that have skated at Channel since he was 5 years old. This is his 2nd home. I am donating money to help save Channel. It would be ashamed to have this closure happen to our most important generation of skaters. Please help and donate to help keep Channel open.
Curious about how this has ended now that construction on freeway is done. Any update?