San Juan Capistrano Skatepark update

San Juan Capistrano will seek a state grant for a proposed skateboard park that won unanimous support from the city Parks, Recreation and Equestrian Commission on Monday night.

The city wants $4.4 million to build the skate park at the city sports park along Via Positiva and relocate the existing community gardens to an adjacent city farm site. (Click here for map.)

The project will compete for a Proposition 84 grant that will be awarded in October, Community Services Director Karen Crocker said. The city currently has $500,000 in capital-improvement funds budgeted for the skate park, of which $18,700 has been spent on consultant fees and staff time, according to a city staff report.

Under the plan, the city would build a snake run and two skate bowls. The park also would have street-skating elements such as grinding ledges, rails, stairs and ramps.

The community gardens would be moved to a plot just east of their current location. Under the plan, the garden plots would be multidimensional and there would be a shed for tool storage.

Plans call for replacing a small strip of parking spaces with a plaza area, with a new parking lot with 40 spaces added to compensate.