By Mary O’KEEFE
After four years the dream of local teens for their own skate park is about to be realized. On June 22 at 10:30 a.m. the ribbon will be cut and the skate boarding can begin at the new Crescenta Valley Skate Park at CV Park.
In 2012, skateboarders Cooper Iven, Corbin Southworth and Austin Seo were part of the Fire House youth center. There skaters would create a makeshift skate park in the St. Luke’s parking lot every Tuesday. (That tradition continues today.)
The then-teenagers felt skaters were getting a bad reputation in part because they were skating in parking lots and on church grounds. They wanted a skate park of their own in Crescenta Valley that would offer kids a place to skate on equipment they wanted. Instead of bowls the skaters wanted street-type skating that would include stairs and rails.
Iven and Southworth went to community meetings requesting support from local leaders, and they got it. Iven, Southworth and Seo created a type of Skater Committee and they met with representatives from the L.A. County Parks and Recreation Dept. From the beginning parks and rec was supportive as they worked with the kids on identifying a location and working on a design. Iven and other skaters went to skate parks throughout L.A. and Ventura counties, took photos and created the “dream” skate park. They worked directly with the parks and rec designers Withers & Sandgren Landscape Architecture, the prime landscape architect, and with Charles H. Strawter Design, custom skate park design specialists.
Parks and rec held community meetings and workshops. The skaters were at the meetings to answer questions and show support. Soon kids with scooters attended meetings and it was obvious that this was a group that wanted and needed a park as well. Iven, Seo and Southworth broadened the scope of the design to include the scooters.
Supervisor Michael Antonovich was supportive of the teens and recognized their efforts and, with his support, the CV Skate Park was voted on by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and approved.
Construction began in October 2015 and is almost complete.
Even though Iven, Southworth and Seo have graduated from Crescenta Valley High School, they have continued to stay up-to-date with the progress of the CV Skate Park. Iven said he is constantly emailing L.A. County Parks and Recreation to make certain this dream he started four years ago would actually become a reality.
The community is invited to the celebration of the grand opening on Wednesday, June 22. CV Park is located at 3901 Dunsmore Ave. The skate park runs parallel to Honolulu Avenue above the baseball field.