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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Vans to build a "world class" skatepark in HB

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News of a huge brand new skatepark at Huntington Beach!

Protec Pool Party, Priscilla Lee, Vans Skatepark, new Vans Skate park at Huntington Beach
Priscilla Lee at Vans Skatepark at The Block. Photo X.Lannes
 Last July, Vans proposed to the Huntington Beach city council to build a "world class" skate park near Old World Village (between McFadden and Edinger, close to the 405), which would be the company's second major project in Orange County after the Block at Orange. Vans offered the city to cover all construction and maintenance costs for the future skatepark. The park would be set on nearly three acres at Center Avenue near Gothard Street. It will include a 12,000-square-foot skate plaza, a 15,000-square-foot elevated skate bowl area, a walking area and a 2,000-square-foot skate and snack shop. Contrary to the Block skate park, Old World skate park is expected to be free and open to the public, according to the city's staff report, following the example of Volcom’s at Costa Mesa.
The city owns the land the park is expected to be constructed on and next Tuesday, the council will decide whether or not to approve an exclusive six-month agreement with Vans to negotiate a lease.
Vans will have opportunity to pull out of the agreement if the company finds the project isn't financially doable, so it’s not a done deal yet. But the city is currently conducting an environmental assessment of the project.

Eighteen Orange County cities have skate parks, most of which are smaller outdoor arenas, including the Huntington Beach Murdy skate park near Huntington Beach High School and the big Etnies skate park at Lake Forest (which is under renovation).

If approved, the Huntington Beach location would be Vans' second skate park in the county.

Vans' indoor skate park at the Block at Orange opened in 1998. In 2008 The Block underwent a major renovation to revamp the combi pool which is the beacon of Van’s vert legacy throughout the world. Modeled after Upland, the combi bowl was not aging well, so Steve Van Doren, Jeff Grosso and Lance Mountain decided to resurface it entirely. Read the story of the renovation at isTia or read Lance Mountain and Jeff Gross’s interview at the Concrete Disciples' website.

The combi pool is 12 feet deep and is hosting major contests several times a year including the Amateur Combi Pool Party next week (January 29) and the legendary Protec Pool Party next May 20-21. It hosted the GirlsPool Party last November.

The Block location has a 20,000-square-foot indoor street course that includes stairs, rails and ledges and is mainly a street course even if it features the Combi pool and a mini ramp. By building a 15,000-square-foot elevated skate bowl area, Vans would show its commitment to vert and pool riding, not just mainstream skateboarding. As we already said, going off the wall and back to our roots is the way to go.

But, guys, don’t get too psyched about this. Chris Overholser from Vans Marketing also told me that the project is “still in the working out stages”. So, let’s cross our finger that this venture between Vans and HB will work.

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Tuesday, January 18, 2011 


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