SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A fourth skateboard park is now open at the east end of Golden Gate Park and another will be built next Spring.

The city of San Francisco is touting skateboarding as a major sport and as a way to get kids outside to play.

It wasn’t  long ago that skateboarders had virtually no city-sanctioned areas to practice their sport.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

The city has worked over the past decade to change that. On Friday, The Rec and Park Department’s General Manager Phil Ginsberg cut the ribbon on a new skateboard park at Stanyan and Waller.

“We’ve got skateboard camps now during the summer; we’ve got skateboard clinics at Richmond and Joe DiMaggio. Our program is called ‘Shred N’ Butter’,” Ginsberg said.

Rec and Park will break ground on the City’s fifth skateboard park at Market and Octavia next spring thanks in part to a donation by the Tony Hawk Foundation.

Ginsberg said skateboarding is growing in popularity and in recognition.

“It’s the third most favorite outdoor activity for American Youth between the ages of 6 and 17,” he said, adding that nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population had tried skateboarding at least once in 2009— a statistic he called “pretty amazing”.

Promoting skateboarding is part of the city’s strategy to get kids to be more active in general, to prompt healthy living and reduce childhood obesity.

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Comments (3)
  1. sanfranciscan says:

    It is dangerous,however thanks now it will not be safe to walk on the sidewalks

    1. Daavid says:

      Your logic is a bit turned around- and skateboarding is not even in the top 100 reasons why walking down a San Francisco sidewalk is not safe!
      How many San Franciscan’s does it take to change a lightbulb? NONE. San Franciscan’s hate change.

  2. Daavid says:

    Three cheers for the City, that when it gets it…. it gets it right- Sadly San Francisco is a lousy place to raise a kid. Why? Its an adult themed city, with hardly anything for kids to do.
    I say bring on those skate parks by the truck load! It will keep the kids off the streets, give them a place to go and socialize, get exercise, and stay out of most trouble.
    I hope they even have teen themed activities in them, from time to time such as visiting radio stations, and some food trucks.
    A kid and a skateboard, is just like a kid and a dog was back in the day totally American- and totally Californian with the skateboard- BUILD them, and they WILL come!