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By Allison Jarrell
On Dec. 15, The San Juan Capistrano Parks, Recreation & Senior Services Commission unanimously approved El Camino Real Park as the preferred location for a skate-friendly development. The designation was made in order to assist the city’s Youth Advisory Board in planning a skatepark in San Juan Capistrano.
A report prepared by Commissioner Gerry Muir listed several positive attributes of the site, including the park’s minimal patronage, close proximity to public transportation, convenient accessibility to potential users, availability of existing restroom facilities and the long and narrow layout of the park that could accommodate a meandering skate path with skateable art—skating obstacles with an artistic flair.
This recent skatepark progress stems from discussions held in October and November that centered on youth and community leaders from Dana Point and San Juan seeking to launch a skatepark in the area.
Going forward, Muir said public workshops will need to be held to discuss design features. These workshops will prepare the project for future submittal and conceptual approval by the City Council. In addition, the Parks, Recreation & Senior Services commissioners emphasized the importance of youth participation and leadership throughout the planning process.