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Skateboard museum fans look to council

By Alyx Sariol
CARLSBAD — Advocates for the Carlsbad Skateboarding Museum and Action Art Center are making plenty of progress on their proposal as they continue to receive support for the project.
Since the Carlsbad Village Association, or CVA, announced the proposed center, they have received pledges of support from a range of people willing to throw their weight behind the project. The proposal includes a skate park, skateboarding museum, an education center and an interactive arts facility that must be approved by City Council.
“It’s not going to be an easy fight, but that’s why I’m here,” said local skateboarding legend John Hughes, who helped hand finish the first Carlsbad skate park in the 1970s, at the March 4 meeting about the museum.
Robin Young, executive director of the CVA and the driving force behind the project, has been working closely with the Tony Hawk Foundation to learn everything there is to know about opening a skate park. Young is also collaborating with Mike McIntyre of ACTION Sport Development to create renderings for the park that will potentially be housed at Carlsbad’s Oak Street maintenance yard.
“The plan is for the city to hopefully rent the land to the organization for a small fee so that the CVA can use their resources to fund the facility,” Young said.
Project supporters strongly believe that this project will be a great addition to the community because of the positive impact it will have on Carlsbad’s youth. The center incorporates aspects of skateboarding that will draw kids of all ages and could help them see a career path into the skateboarding industry, Young said.
“We have the ability to let kids be creative and I think that is something that outdoes anything else,” City Council candidate Jon Wantz said.
As Young puts the finishing touches on the project proposal, McIntyre will finalize the site map and renderings for the park to be shown to City Council. Young is expecting to deliver the proposal at a city council meeting as early as mid-March.
“We have to remain 100 percent positive,” Wantz said. “A lot of things are changing in Carlsbad.”
Other project advocates will continue to focus on spreading the word and gathering support from Carlsbad Village merchants, skateboarders and the community. The museum already has a large following on Facebook and Twitter.
“People will do anything for kids,” said Hughes, citing a number of other area skateboarders that would be interested in helping the project. “You’ll find people will come out of the woodwork for them.”
Follow along with the proposed skateboarding museum’s progress on their official blog at cvskate


Tired Ideas March 11, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Is there any commitment to community support in this proposal? Any commitment from the skating community to actively work at policing bad skating practices that damage the downtown area?

Is there any commitment to repair previous damage to curbs, rails and steps created by generations of skaters whose general lack of respect for private and public property have previous generated ordinances forbidding skate boarding in our downtown area?

We seem to have a short-term memory issue in our small downtown area and I have not heard Miss Young or any supporters suggesting anything but adding a burden on tax payers without any positive community involvement other than keeping youth skaters off the street.

Miss Young March 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I would say there is a definite commitment to community support. Our number one goal right now is to garner community support prior to taking our official proposal to city council.

We had over 30 attendees at our meeting tonight and did in fact discuss doing beautification projects in the Village to help repair previous damage.

In addition, the proposal includes an education center where part of the curriculum (to be taught by skateboarding professionals)will be public skating behavior and respect for the community.

Another positive aspect to this project is that it will be a non-profit organization and will not add to the tax burden. We are not asking the City of Carlsbad for money and plan to fund the project through private funding from the skateboarding and business community.

I would hope that anyone who has concerns about community involvement or any aspect of this project attend our VERY public meetings and get involved with the project firsthand.

In addition to the you can also find us on Facebook: Carlsbad Skatepark, Museum, and Action Arts Center

In just 1 week we’ve garnered over 500 fans, a great number of them professional skateborders and industry leaders. This is a multi-generational group.

We are still working on this proposal and do appreciate input from the public, so please know we are looking closely at your comments and considering them as we flesh out the proposal.

Do you want to see community involvement? Then, by all means get involved!

awake May 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Your tired attitude, is exactly why people like you have been preventing the youth from getting what they deserve… How about you open your mind a bit and think about how your steps/rails/curbs are actually obstructing nature for some sort of profitable cause… A skatepark is not meant to make money, but rather to channel positive energy and keep minds from growing tired like yours.

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