California’s Largest Skate Park To Remain Open in San Jose

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A skateboarder performs a manuever. (City of East Palo Alto)

A skateboarder performs a manuever. (City of East Palo Alto)

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A recently completed skate park – the largest in the state – will no longer have to close down, thanks to last minute support from parents and the City of San Jose.

The sounds of wheels and wood on concrete will continue to be heard at the San Jose Skate Park, after skaters and their parents managed to raise about $30,000 to continue to staff the park through the end of the year. City officials had threatened to close it because of budget cuts.

Advocates said there were good reasons to keep the park open – namely, if skate parks stay open, skaters are less likely to use their boards on school campuses or in the streets.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

The recent publicity about a possible closure of the park seems to have actually boosted attendance at the park – which does charge an admission fee. That has boosted revenue for the skate park, and possibly puts it on a path to self-sufficiency.

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