Vista Skatepark meeting tomorrow Night!

Three potential skatepark locations in Vista, picked out by skateboard supporters and city officials, will be vetted by the City Council on Tuesday.

Nearly 25 locations were initially scouted by a search committee that included city staffers, members of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission and members of the Vista Skatepark Coalition, a community group organized to advocate for a new skatepark.

The search committee’s top pick is Wildwood Park, at East Vista Way and Civic Center Drive. 


Two sites in Brengle Terrace Park, near the horseshoe pits or by the basketball court parking lot, were the next selections.

The group also recommended a spot at Monte Vista Drive near South Santa Fe Avenue where a stormwater detention basin is planned.

The group made its picks based on whether the city already owned the property, the size of the space, its proximity to public transportation and whether restrooms were already on site.

John Conley, the city’s community development director, said last week that Vista mailed meeting notices to residents who owned property within 500 feet of each of the proposed locations.

Conley said that as of Wednesday, he had received one email and two phone calls from residents with concerns about the sites or the city’s support of a skatepark.

The city demolished its only skatepark in 2008 to make way for the new Civic Center. Vista had earmarked about $500,000 to replace the park, but used that money to help balance its 2009-10 budget.

The City Council rejected including a skatepark in the Monte Vista detention basin once before.

Several nearby residents attended a council meeting in December 2009 and said they didn’t want the skatepark in their neighborhood, citing concerns about graffiti, noise and vandalism that plagued the old park.

Officials have said city funds will not be used pay for construction of the park, so the Vista Skatepark Coalition has started fundraising and applying for grants to pay for its construction.

City staff has asked the council to approve one of the recommended sites, pick another location or reconvene the search committee and give it a list of criteria to look for in a skatepark spot.

According to a city report, a skatepark built on city-owned land could cost $500,000 to $1 million to construct.

Call staff writer Cigi Ross at 760-901-4067 or follow her on Twitter @nctvista.

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