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Lake Elsinore prepares to kick off construction for McVicker Canyon Park's new skatepark


Last updated 5/11/2018 at Noon


LAKE ELSINORE – Skateboarders on the northern end of the city should once again be able to skip, slip, slide and glide at McVicker Canyon Community Park later this year.

City officials have kicked off efforts to construct Lake Elsinore's new and best skatepark. This month, the city council approved an agreement with Seattle-based Grindline Skateparks to construct the new skatepark.

The company in conjunction with city representatives is striving to build a skatepark that will surpass anything constructed in the region to date.

"This will be the crown jewel of the skatepark system here in Lake Elsinore," Grindline spokesman Matt Fluegge said.

Opened nearly two decades ago, McVicker Canyon's skatepark was the first one built in the city. Since then, newer and more sophisticated skateboarding venues have been constructed at Serenity Park in southwestern Lake Elsinore and Summerly Community Park, south of the lake.

Through the years, McVicker Canyon Skatepark became a regular target for vandalism and misuse. As a result, most of the equipment was no longer in good working condition or safe for use. In October 2017, the city was forced to shut it down to avoid further damage and safety concerns.

City leaders hope to have the McVicker skatepark completed and reopened by late October.

Some of the elements envisioned by the city "could be used as a training ground for future skateboard champions," Assistant City Manager Jason Simpson said.

The city is seeking feedback from the community on the preliminary design for the facility during a community meeting scheduled 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, in the Lake Elsinore Cultural Center, 183 N. Main St.

"The McVicker skatepark design brings 'Dream Extreme' to reality for the skating community. This will be the ultimate skate location in Lake Elsinore." Simpson said.

The community is urged to share their ideas and feedback on the current design. Comments should be shared with the Community Services Department at (951) 674-3124.


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