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Capitola eyes 9,000 square foot skatepark at Monterey Park
CAPITOLA — The Capitola City Council agreed Tuesday night to explore a 9,000-square-foot skatepark design for Monterey Park.
“We should abandon the 4,000 (square foot size) it’s a natural at 9,000,” said Councilman Michael Termini. “It will get kids out of the Nob Hill parking lot.”
Parents Tory DelFavero and Emily Martin contended that the larger skatepark would be safer for younger children.
DelFavero has three sons, ages 8, 6 and 3, who all skateboard at different levels.
“With the larger size, there’s room for kids who know how to skateboard and for kids to learn,” explained Terry Campion, who is sponsoring a skatepark fundraiser Saturday at his shop, Santa Cruz Boardroom, on 41st Avenue.
There is no legal place to skateboard in Capitola, which has seen two fatalities in the past two years. Tim O’Sullivan, UC Santa Cruz student, died after falling while skateboarding at home. Maryann Slettehaugh, 83, died this year after being hit by a skateboarder.
The city does not have funds to pay for a skatepark so local residents are planning to raise the money.
Steve Jesberg, the city’s public works director, expects the cost will be “several hundred thousand dollars,” though there is no formal estimate yet.
“We’re very excited to start fundraising,” said DelFavero, pulling out a T-shirt designed by graphic designer Jimbo Phillips that will be sold at the fundraiser.
City officials are talking with Dreamland Skateparks, based in Lincoln City, Ore., which has designed more than 40 skateparks in the past five years.
Councilman Kirby Nicol supported the project but voiced concerns about the new skatepark attracting visitors from outside the city and creating traffic congestion and parking problems.
Campion said a new skatepark would draw the curious initially but predicted it would not be a destination like the one in San Jose that is 28,000 square foot.
The proposed skatepark site is adjacent to the Soquel Union School District office.
That location has “good sightlines,” said Sandra Wallace, president of the Soquel school board. “Kids need a skatepark. It should be appropriate for middle school kids.”
She suggests the city will discuss the project with neighbors.
“I’m hoping any oppositions can be ironed out and make everyone happy,” she said.