EAST PALO ALTO (KCBS)— Ground has been broken on a new skateboarding center in East Palo Alto. The new park will offer kids a place to hang out and play in the community that usually gets a bad wrap for being prone to violence.

Jay Farr with the Department of Public Works oversees construction of the new park and notices how now, kids skate on sidewalks as far as University Avenue.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

“We are preparing the area’s foundation. It’s going to be 5000 square feet,” said Farr.

Vice Mayor of East Palo Alto, Laura Martinez, has been a champion of the skateboard park.

“It’s going to be right here at Bell Park. It’s visible to the street. It’s in a safe location. I think people will see it as a symbol of community and healthy activity,” said the vice mayor.

Nine-year-old Elija MacKenzie used to go to Menlo Park when he hoped to skate in a skateboard park. Now he’s thrilled to have an outdoor skateboarding center coming to his community.

“It’s going to be really big with half pipes and grinding rails and stuff,” said an enthused MacKenzie.

The young skater also seemed pretty excited for the benches being installed; noting that one is for sitting, the other for grinding.

The skateboarding center will open in less than a month.

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