Community Supports New Skate Park at Balboa Park

A new skate park is under construction in Excelsior Neighborhood

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced a new skate park at Balboa Park is officially under construction today.  The Balboa Park Skate Park is one of the many Community Opportunity Fund (COF) neighborhood projects funded by the 2008 Clean and Safe Parks General Obligation Bond.

Balboa Park Skate Park has received a total of $248,239 COF funding to convert a 10,000 square feet under-used area of Balboa Park into a community skate park.  This project is championed by Friends of Balboa Park Playground, parents, youth and park advocates living in the neighborhood.  The funding will pay for the construction to lay the physical foundation for the skate park, including: demolition, utilities, grading, concrete paving and fencing.  In addition, The Trust for Public Land, RPD’s national non-profit land conservation partner will donate matching fund to provide the skate park elements, and their installation once the concrete foundation for the skate park has been constructed.

Moreover, in order to ensure public safety when enjoying outdoor recreation in the area, hazardous trees surrounding the new skate park site are scheduled to be removed.  Approximately 21 trees will be removed, and 22 trees will be replanted accordingly.

Community Opportunity Fund is a $5 million capital program that allows residents, neighborhood groups, and park advocates to initiate capital improvements in their parks by matching public funding with other private gifts and grants.  And a Selection Committee includes community park advocates who would evaluate each project proposals and determine which projects warrant the fund.

Please see attached for the community design of the skate park.

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