On Jan. 18, 2011, the Redevelopment Agency approved an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with Vans to develop a world-class skate park near Center Street and Gothard.
This agreement allows the Agency/City to exclusively negotiate the terms and conditions of a Development Agreement with Vans. If the proposed skate park is developed, it would include the construction of a 12,000 square foot skate plaza, 15,000 square foot elevated skate bowl area, a turf/walking area, and a 2,000 square foot skate shop/snack/concession/building.
For the last 30 years, HB has been the center of development for the Skate industry. HB was home to a significant number of professional skate boarders. Recently the center has been moving to LA because HB has become less skate friendly. While other cities in the US have built over 3,000 skate parks, HB removed its Main Street skate park.
The skate-related jobs have been moving out of HB as well. Not only will a skate park reestablish the heritage of HB as Skate Central, but it will also give a venerable segment of the teen population an alternative place to play. Providing a public skate park will provide an approved skate location and potentially reduce skate-related damage to public and private property that normally occurs in cities that do not provide approved places for kids to skate.
In recent years skate clubs and organized skate teams have been formed in many cities & high schools with the goal to provide guidance, team support and competitive training for at risk youth.