The Redondo Beach City Council will hear a presentation on Tuesday night evaluating several locations for a possible skateboard park.
The idea to build a skateboard park in Redondo Beach first came up about a year ago from local resident David Bernier, who has worked with local skate shops and other experts to identify possible locations. According to Bernier, Dominguez Park off 190th Street would be the most ideal location for a skateboard park. But, he said, skate park advocates wouldn't be picky.
"At this point now we're really just looking to start the conversation," Bernier said. "Anywhere we can make it work."
Anderson and Perry parks in North Redondo Beach were also top choices, according to Bernier's analysis, which looked at several factors including location, existing infrastructure, ease of development and proximity to homes.
The skate park would amount to 10,000 to 12,000 square feet, roughly twice the size of the skate spot built last year at Marine Avenue park in Manhattan Beach. A park of that size would cost roughly $900,000 in addition to the cost of a platform to support the skate park construction and any additional site improvements that might be needed, according to a city staff report.
Bernier, who previously helped construct a skate park in Annapolis, Maryland, said he's realistic that it may take a while in Redondo Beach. On Tuesday, he will be looking for support from the city council. From there, the next steps are to choose a location and establish a funding source, which will likely require private donations or grant funding in additional to any city contributions, Bernier said.
"We're not expecting this to happen next month. We understand this is a lengthy process and we want to build it in the right way with community support," said Bernier who also plans to form a nonprofit and solicit community input from local skaters on exactly what the terrain should look like.
Bernier, 42, said he is a lifelong skateboarder who sees the benefits for children, including his own 6-year-old son.
"We're in it for the long haul, that's for sure," he said.
Redondo Beach, unlike Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach, currently does not have a permanent skate park although the city does own its own skateboard ramps and other obstacles that it uses for special events including the King Harbor Skateboard Championships for kids occurring Saturday, Oct. 14.
For more information about Tuesday night's city council meeting or to view the agenda, visit Redondo.org.