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Skateboard park sites again on agenda

April 23, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Stop trying to stick a sick nollie lip slide down a 15-foot ledge in grandma's back yard and get to the Calexico City Hall council chambers, Tuesday — helmet and knee pads not required.

At 6:30 p.m., the City Council will conduct a town meeting to hear from residents about proposed skateboard park sites.

The council wants to hear from community members who don't want the parks built near their homes and from community members who support the two sites tentatively approved.

One proposed site is the under-construction Nosotros Park at the corner of Grant Street and Linholm Avenue on the city's west side.

Last week the City Council, seated as the city Redevelopment Agency board, committed $500,000 to finish building most of Nosotros Park. The construction should be complete sometime this summer.

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It will include landscaping, a children's play area and a running track.

The skate park would be at the eastern edge of the park, according to Jack Anderson, a city parks and recreation commissioner.

Construction on the skate park would be funded with RDA money already allocated, said Mayor Victor Carrillo.

Before the first fakey grinder is attempted there, residents of Casas del Sol must approve the site.

There have been concerns raised about noise from the park.

To allay those concerns, the council approved construction of a 12-foot-high wall that would serve as a sound barrier.

In the recent $500,000 expenditure by the RDA board the construction of the wall was not funded.

The other site under consideration is in the Rancho Frontera retention basin at the corner of Meadows and Harrington avenues in the northeast part of town.

At previous council meetings retention basin parks were deemed inappropriate sites for skate parks.

However, the Rancho Frontera retention basin skateboard park site was already approved.

The council decided to hear discussion about the site and plan new parks independent of retention basins.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.

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