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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Vans: green light for a skatepark in HB

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Master Plan of the new Vans skatepark at Huntington Beach. Click on the picture to see the details
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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. 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.

Now, Huntington Beach skaters have a reason to be happy because the city is moving forward with the plan to bring Vans's free skate park to Skate City USA. The news was broke on Facebook by Kristy Van Doren. At a previous hearing , the Huntington Beach City Council approved a lease agreement with VF Outdoor Inc. to build the park on about three acres of land by Golden West College (Vans will lease the land for 20 years and pay $1 a year). The 50,000 square foot park will boast a 14,000-square-foot skate park plaza, a 13,000-square-foot skate bowl and a 3,500-square-foot skate shop and concession stand. The skatepark will also have various landscaped areas, parking and a dedicated transit reserve area, which may possibly be a public transportation stop in the future. The city had been trying to bring affordable housing to the site for 20 years, according to an April 2011 story in the OCR , but the previous lessee never produced a project plan that met the city's criteria. Now the city will have to find room for the planned 175 units somewhere else in the city. The city still has to approve the environmental impact report and the final design for the new skate park.

After the agreement was reached, Steve Van Doren said that: "This will be the very first public, free park that Vans has ever done."
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 was just renoved last year).

If approved, the Huntington Beach location would be Vans' only second skate park in the USA after the company closed one skatepark in Florida in January 2012.

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 in january and the legendary Protec Pool Party next May . It hosted the GirlsPool Party every 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.

Source: OC Register, Facebook

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Thursday, March 29, 2012 


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