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By Allison Jarrell

skatepark logoThe San Juan Capistrano Parks, Recreation, Senior and Youth Services Commission agreed unanimously on July 20 to expedite a recommendation to City Council to approve a proposed 20,000 square foot skatepark in the northwest end of the San Juan Capistrano Sports Park, located near the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, Del Obispo Elementary and Marco Forster Middle School.

The Monday night approval increases the previous skatepark proposal by 8,000 square feet; a 12,000 square foot design was approved by the commission on June 15.

Presentations of different layout and design options were made before the commission Monday night by Nathan Banda and Aaron Spohn, a Los Angeles-based skatepark advocate and designer.

Capistrano Grind, which is working on becoming a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, has been researching grant opportunities and will begin fundraising soon. Banda said the estimate for designing and constructing such a park ranges from $700,000 to $900,000. While the city of Dana Point has previously shown interest in providing some funding for the project, Banda told the commission that “with or without Dana Point, we’ll raise the money.”

For updates and upcoming events, follow Capistrano Grind Skate Park on Facebook. Questions can be emailed to nathankbanda@yahoo.com.

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