George Lane Skate Park Closer to Becoming a Reality
QUARTZ HILL, Calif. -- It’s been nine years in the making, but there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel for a skate park that will cover over a quarter acre.
Blades of grass will be swapped for pavement after the LA County Board of Supervisors approved a $2 million contract to build two skate parks.
One will be in Castaic, the other, a 15,000 square foot skate park at George Lane County Park, which has been no more than an idea since at least 2008.
“George Lane Park in Quartz Hill was determined by the community to be an appropriate place, working with the town council and some of the folks in the community working with our office and the Department of Parks & Recreation, it was determined to be the best location for this,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s Assistant Chief, Tony Bell.
It’s covered with horseshoe pits and a lot of grass as of now, but the skate park will be located just west of the children’s playground. To be built by Spohn Ranch, Inc., the park will have not only concrete ramps, but sports lighting, a covered seating area, bike racks, and walkways.
The park is also expected to install a brand new security camera system. It will cost $1.23 million.
“Supervisor Barger wants to make sure that people know that the county is committed to provided recreational resources. Being outdoors and exercise, skating, biking, hiking, whatever it is, is vital for a healthy lifestyle,” said Bell.
Proposition A will cover $900,000 of the contract, which is a 1996 LA voter approved parcel tax to pay for park projects. The other $1.2 million will come from a countywide utilities tax.
Construction is expected to start in January of next year and it will take about a year to complete. As of now, the opening date for the skate park is scheduled for January 2019.