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Soon skate lovers trying to be the next Tony Hawk or Elissa Steamer will once again have a place to practice their slides, grinds and 360 spins, as construction is nearly complete on the La Mesa Skate Park.

General contractor Team C was hired to modify and improve the project that entails adding two new concrete ramps that go from about 3 to 6 feet in height with handrails that go along the top of the ramp. These modifications will bring the total number of ramps to five.

Also, the chain-linked fence that is situated around the skate park will be repaired holes and other minor fractures.

The skate park will have an “urban street layout” according to Greg P. Humora, director of public works, and once the construction is complete, the playground will be approximately 9,000 square feet.

The architect firm hired to design the new modifications to the park was Morrow Reardon Wilkinson and Miller, Ltd., who were hired because of their experience in designing skate parks, according to Humora.

Others involved from the city of La Mesa on this project include Michael Kinnard, project manager, and Yvonne Garrett, director of community services.

Construction got underway four weeks ago and is expected to be finished the week of Aug. 11 and the cost of the project is $69, 945.

The skate park initially opened in April 2002. The local Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) oversaw park for the city up until the spring of 2007.

The contracted ended between the two parties and the YMCA did not resign a new deal with the city.

Then the city tried to find someone new to supervise the park, but they could not find any takers. So, La Mesa officials next held public meetings with residents to see if they still wanted a skate park. According to Kaaren McElroy, administrative analyst for the city of La Mesa, the community overwhelmingly supported the recreational area.

“We got a high response rate at those meetings in favor of keeping the skate park,” she said.

It was also brought to the city’s attention that the skate park needed a makeover since the wood from the ramps were deteriorated and becoming unsafe for skateboarders and in-line skaters.

The city council voted and approved the improvements in January and construction began in July.

The skate park will be unsupervised and will be open seven days a week, from dawn till dusk.

The La Mesa Skate Park is located inside the Mesita Park, which also has the Davis YMCA and the Junior Seau Sports Complex preformed, to go along with a huge open grass area, picnic tables and tennis courts. According to Humora, this park is the busiest one in La Mesa and totals 12.85 acres.

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