April 16, 2002
Where, when and how the cities of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach might create a skateboard park will be a topic of discussion at a meeting tonight between the two cities. The city of Costa Mesa's Parks, Recreation Facilities and Parkways Commission will meet with Newport Beach's Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission to discuss a number of topics that affect both cities, not the least of which is the skateboard park issue. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. today at Costa Mesa's Downtown Recreation Center, 1860 Anaheim Ave. Information: Costa Mesa's parks department, (714)
October 7, 1999
Elise Gee COSTA MESA -- Spurred by growing frustration with skateboard park delays, the City Council on Monday pushed staff to make solid recommendations for a location for the facility. Plans had been underway this year to build a 10,000-square-foot skateboard park at Lions Park at the corner of 18th Street and Park Avenue. But in May, residents pleaded with the council to reconsider the location because of concerns that too much green space would be lost.
September 25, 2002
Deirdre Newman After 10 years of spinning their wheels, local skateboarders are getting closer to their dream -- a park where they can perform ollies, kick flips and front-side grinds without the perils of skating on the sidewalk. On Tuesday, the Newport-Mesa Unified School Board unanimously decided to look into developing a skateboard park at Davis Elementary School in Costa Mesa. A local skateboard activist said he was stoked by the decision.
January 4, 2001
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- Although Councilwoman Karen Robinson's attempt to scrap the already approved plans for a skateboard park was rejected Tuesday, the issue is far from over. On Wednesday, Councilman Gary Monahan -- who was absent from Tuesday's meeting when the council deadlocked on a proposal to start anew with plans for the park -- requested another review of the project. Councilman Chris Steel joined Robinson in opposing the site at Charle and Hamilton streets, which means Monahan -- who previously voted for the project -- could be the necessary third vote to reverse the council's October approval of the skate park.
May 14, 2002
The city of Newport Beach has a new ordinance prohibiting skateboarding in some areas of most city parks. Shopping centers in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach have signs prohibiting skateboarders from using public walkways and other areas. Property damage has occurred in both cities as a result of skateboarding. Newport Beach Mayor Tod Ridgeway, in discussing a skateboard park, was quoted in the Daily Pilot as saying, "I can assure you no skate park will ever be built in a residential neighborhood in this city" ("Newport rolls out new skate park plan," April 10)
February 18, 2001
For an alternate site for the skate park, how about the park at the end of California Street -- we call it Moon Park. It's just off the river trail. Just an idea. JENNIFER CROSSON Costa Mesa The new recreation center is being built downtown. I believe it's slated to open in May or June, in which case the old facility, the old gym and pool were to be leveled and turned into parking spaces. Perhaps that could be modified to accommodate the skateboard park.
April 22, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT-MESA -- Support is growing to create a skateboard park for Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, despite some residents' reluctance to see one built too close to their homes, one official said. A joint meeting of the two cities' parks commissions on Tuesday drew close to 20 people who came out in support of finding a place to build a skateboard park. On Thursday, Newport Beach City Manager Homer Bludau met with Costa Mesa City Manager Alan Roeder to discuss the possibility of building a park for skateboarders from both cities.
April 9, 2002
I think Costa Mesa and Newport Beach should build a skate park. Kids need excitement and freedom. When kids watch TV, they see skateboarders, but those skaters have their own skate park and they're famous. They can buy their own skate park. EDGAR GOMEZ Costa Mesa I'm 11 years old, and I go to sixth-grade at Mariner's Elementary School. I think there should be a skateboard park in Balboa Park so skateboarders can have a place to skateboard.
September 24, 2002
ON THE AGENDA SKATEBOARD PARK Following on the wheels of the Costa Mesa City Council, the school board will consider joining the city to evaluate the development of a skateboard park at Davis Elementary School. The City Council approved the resolution earlier this month. The joint resolution will extend a request to the Mesa del Mar Homeowners Assn. and residents near TeWinkle Park and Davis Elementary School to participate with the school district and the city in evaluating the site's potential for a park as well as a possible neighborhood center.
May 10, 2002
-- Lolita Harper Skateboard park supporters have really gotten their efforts rolling, as leaders line up meetings with key Costa Mesa leaders. Jim Gary, who started the Skateboarders Coalition, said he came out of an informative meeting with Costa Mesa City Manager Allan Roeder last week feeling hopeful that there can be a skateboard park in the city. "We can achieve our goal if we just stay on it," Gray said. "Now I've got to go out and get to know other people so we can find out who is supportive of the issue and what we're up against."