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Skate Park Still Searching for Home

Four years after Ellen November started her quest to build a safe place for skateboarders on the Hill, a suitable location for a skate plaza has yet to be agreed upon.

Skatepark PV, the nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a stakeboard park on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, is still looking for a suitable location for the park, according to an article in the Palos Verdes Peninsula News.

The organization was ready to begin construction on a new skate plaza at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates last summer, but soil tests determined that the area reserved for the skate park was unsuitable to build on due to high levels of methane. Mitigating the risks would be too expensive, according to the newspaper.

Skatepark PV founder Ellen November told the local newspaper that the group said the current basketball court, which sits on bedrock, would be suitable as a skate plaza; however, this would have required converting "one of the eight tennis courts into a dual-purpose court with portable basketball nets" or converting a handball court to a half-size basketball court.

A proposal in Rancho Palos Verdes to build a skate park at Hesse Park was opposed by residents, and Palos Verdes Estates only allows for passive parks.

"This is the only sport that doesn’t have a proper venue," November told the Palos Verdes Peninsula News. "We’re trying to keep kids out of harm’s way."

robin February 18, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Why not suggest to put in a skateboard park where the planned golf course is suppose to go. There are too many of these already on the hill.
Melissa Griswold February 19, 2013 at 05:16 PM
I agree that the cost to rehabilitate the land is not worth the risk - especially for a nonprofit. There is so much land available in PV, we just need our cities to realize how important this park is for the kids.
SRH February 19, 2013 at 06:06 PM
I don't know if enough people realize that during the summer there is a company that sets up ramps, grind boxes, etc. on a daily bases during the week. Our kids have to pay hundreds of dollars to enjoy this "Skateboard Camp". What I see going on while my kids are at this camp is family members gathering and having lunch on the grassy knoll talking with other families while our children ENJOY this camp. I see more families gathering in this area as a community than at any orher time of the year for this area of Ernie Howlette Park. What I don't get is why our community leaders aren't supporting this noble sport and community cohesiveness. Skateboarding is land surfing plain and simple. God forbid we take away the oceans from our surfers. Skatepark PV has continued to rally for a safe place for our kids to Skate but it's the children that have been supporting the Skatepark PV Project that are getting the raw deal. They've been showing up for 4 years to Council Meetings hoping and praying to have a safe park to Skate and what do they get a slap in the face! I can't believe our kids were allocated land for their dream Skate park only to be told no because of Methane issues. My kids are saddened by this rejection from their community leaders. Hopefully this doesn't sour them on fighting for what they believe is necessary in the future.
Suzie Sharma February 19, 2013 at 07:35 PM
It is very sad that our city council was kind enough to give the land and then it's not safe to build on. I wonder if this makes the rest of Ernie Howlett unsafe for all the people who use the park now for so many other sports and activities? I would love to see them come up with an alternative site to help keep the progress moving forward for Skatepark PV and all the residents who support it. Come on RHE City Council...show us the love!
Jim Parker February 19, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Gteat idea Robin, isn't that RPV? I have been attending the SkateparkPV monthly meetings for three years, I have always thought that the small patch of land approved for a skate park at Ernie Howlett was way too small for a decent skate park. Can this setback be turned into a positive ? In 2011 I attended two Forums for the RPV City council candidates where my question was where do you stand on a skate park In RPV, and next forum " please state your stand on a City skatepark, no city money involved, self paid," All the replies where favorable to a skatepark, and interesting. I have the DVDs, is there anyone that can cut the portions out to post them online. Can we gather the right backing and go to RPV again to ask for a skatepark? What do people think of a small part of Abalone Cove Shoreline Park , as a place for a skate park? Brooks says she wants to keep passive parks passive, is climbing steep cliffs more passive than skateboarding?
Jessy Geiger February 19, 2013 at 10:53 PM
I would hope that the city would put in the effort to help get this accomplished. The safety of children is what it's all about. Kids won't stop skateboarding and they shouldn't have to. It's the cities responsibility to help give them a safe space to do this, especially when so many members of the community support it fully.
Susan Gomez February 21, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Everywhere around town in public places you see signs stating "No Skateboarding." Where in fact are the local children supposed to do this, if we don't provide a safe and legal environment for them to do so?

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