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News: Skateparks, Books, and Magazines, Oh My

Skateparks.    Things are really looking up as far as the local skatepark scene is concerned. A new park has been built in Escondido and is scheduled to open in late November. Elsewhere in San Diego County, plans are moving forward for facilites in Ocean Beach, Santee, Imperial Beach, Carlsbad, and Coronado.

First, the Escondido Skatepark, located in Kit Carson Park, will feature a half-pipe, street course, and six-foot bowl. Skaters are strongly encouraged to purchase an annual membership for $15.00, which includes a t-shirt. Thereafter skating will cost $4.00 per session. Those without a membership will be required to sign a waiver and pay a fee of $10.00 to ride. Helmets and full pads are required.

In Ocean Beach, the skateparks efforts have the backing of the San Diego City Council, but there is currently a dispute over the proposed sites, Robb Field or Dusty Rhodes Park. The only space available at Robb Field has already been earmarked for a new rugby field, and a group of homeowners are fighting construction of the skatepark in Dusty Rhodes Park.

Still, it looks like an Ocean Beach skatepark will indeed become a reality. It's just a matter of how long it takes to decide where to put it. Part of the support for the park has come out of tragedy. Last month a 23-year-old skateboarder, Brandon Silveira, died of injuries sustained while riding in the street. Now, Silveira's father has offered to do whatever it takes to make the OB skatepark happen.

Current plans call for a two-fold park, an unsupervised low-intensity free area and a more advanced section with ramps etc. that would require memberships and safety equipment. The next meeting of the Ocean Beach Skatepark Committee will be held Thursday, November 20, at 6:00 p.m. at Robb Field.

In Santee, they are looking into building three progressive skate pockets in the city park, with each one being suitable to different levels of skaters. Santee-based Gullwing Trucks has pledged almost $3,000, the assets of the now defunct El Cajon Skatepark Committee, toward the effort. A public input meeting will be held on Friday, November 21, at 4:00, at the Santee City Hall, 10601 Magnolia Avenue, Building 7, Santee.

In Imperial Beach, they are looking into building an indoor park in a local gym. This skatepark is being built by a partnership between the city of Imperial Beach, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Surf Hut, a local surf shop. Their plans call for a halfpipe and street course.

Elsewhere in the county, plans for additional skateparks are being developed in Carlsbad (rumor has it, a 25,000 square-foot park, all concrete) and Coronado.

History of Skateboarding Book.    Michael Brooke's new book, due out in the fall of 1998, is coming together very nicely. A photographer is being sent down to California to shoot three collections of vintage skate stuff. Everything is being covered from the 1950s through the 1990s. Brooke has been in touch with Paul Schmidtt and George Powell, and he's hot on Mullen's tail. In addition, he's contacted Frank "Captain Cadillac" Nasworthy and already bashed out a 1,000-word piece on the real story of the urethane wheel. Looks like I'll be doing something on the lean years from 1981 to 1985. Finally, to cap it all off, the two Tony's (Hawk and Alva) should be online to write the intro's.

Speed and Soul.    Even though the longboard magazine, Cruz, was pronounced last month, a new mag, Speed and Soul, may rise to take its place. Speed and Soul will have a slightly broader focus, covering off-road boarding and street luge, in addition to longboard skateboarding. Publisher, Kelly Green, is currently putting together a promotional package to see if the related industries will support such a publication. Regardless, Green is committed to the project and is planning to pursue it in whatever form it happens to take, whether that be a color slick-paper magazine or print or electronic zine. I'll be helping out on the project in some yet to be determined compacity. Currently, Green is looking for pictures and other contributions/suggestions.

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