Skate park ribbon-cutting ceremony rescheduled

Steven Vasquez jumps off a large set of stairs at the Santa Clarita Skatepark on Saturday. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal
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After the previously scheduled ceremony was canceled due to weather concerns, county officials have announced their decision to reschedule the Castaic Sports Complex skate park ribbon-cutting event for Feb. 27.

“We’re really looking forward to giving the Castaic skate park the warm welcome it deserves,” said Gina Ender, a special assistant in Barger’s office. “With so much community input over the past few years in conceptualization and construction, we really think local skaters are going to be excited about having a skate park tailor-made for them.”

Designed and built by Spohn Ranch, the newest addition to the Castaic Sports Complex is said to provide all the traditional features associated with skate parks, including stairs, ledges, manual pads and grind rails, and the full spectrum of site amenities also include shade, seating, a drinking fountain, a bike rack and a LED lighting system.

The $1.3 million 6,500-square-foot project on the north end of the sports complex has been under construction for the last year.

Once opened, the park is scheduled to be open seven days a week, from sunrise to 9 p.m., said Natalie Vartanian, recreation services supervisor for the Castaic Sports Complex, and outside of bikes and any motorized vehicles, all other wheeled activities are allowed on the skate park track.

The rescheduled ceremony is open to the public and representatives from the Castaic Town Council, sports complex and Los Angeles County 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger would have also been in attendance.

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