Westchester is home to a new skateboarders paradise ~ The Berrics Skate Plaza
Westchester Skate Plaza – 7000 W.Manchester Ave., Westchester, CA 90045
Skate plaza opening draws skateboarders and
fans from near and far
On Friday July 22nd, 2011, the city of Los Angeles held it’s grand opening for the Westchester Skate Plaza. The 13,000 square foot Skate Plaza was designed and built by CA Skateparks and features a variety of elements designed for hardcore street skating. Eric Koston and Steve Berra of the Berrics were on hand for the opening celebration along with a host of other pros including Luan Oliviera, David Gonzales, Curren Caples, Pat Duffy, Kurtis Colamonico, and Braydon Szfranski. Champion of the skate plaza project and Los Angeles city councilmember Bill Rosendahl presided over the day’s events.
- The Westchester Skate Plaza was made possible by funding from the city of Los Angeles and a generous contribution from the Annenberg Foundation. CA Skateparks donated some extra features to round out this excellent new skate facility.
Local skateboarders in Westchester and Playa del Rey now have a place to showcase their skills without traveling to Venice or West Los Angeles.
Davonte Scott, 17, described the new park in skater slang, calling it “crazy” as he took his turn among the others waiting to try out their tricks and jumps.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “This is the best one that I’ve been to since I’ve been skating.”
Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl headlined the speeches by city department heads and the co-owners of the Berrics, a skateboarding website. Rosendahl, who represents Westchester, said he was inspired to open the park by a family friend, Adam Hamilton, who as a young boy complained of not having a place to skate.
“As an 11-year-old, he had no place to skateboard, so he and his friends built their own right out on the street,” the councilman recalled. “So when I got on the council and because of Adam inspiring me, I decided to make the commitment to build as many places as I can so kids can have a place where they can skateboard.”
Rosendahl credited Steve Berra and Eric Koston, two professional skaters who helped design the skate plaza, with bringing the hundreds of skateboarders to the park by announcing the opening on their website. He also thanked the Annenberg Foundation, which made a $125,000 donation to the skate plaza. Read More…
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