New Skate Plaza in Hazard Park

By EGP Staff Report

(Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar)

(Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar)

Skateboard and helmets in hand, a number of local youth waited patiently last week for their chance to try out a new skate park in Boyle Heights.

The Diamond Supply Co. Public Skate Plaza at Hazard Park was made possible with help from Councilman Jose Huizar, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the California Endowment and other supporters.

It was just one year ago that the Street League Skateboarding Foundation approached The California Endowment with a plan to construct a safe and legal skate park as a way to contribute to a healthy and sustainable community.

Street League Director “Rob Dyrdek  and I know that kids on the Eastside like to skateboard as much as anybody else and this skate plaza is an incredible gift to the young people of this community,” said Huizar in a press release.

The California Endowment and the Street League Skateboarding Foundation partnered to contribute $160,000 toward the cost of construction, but the donation was contingent on them being able to secure a matching grant, which they got from Nick Diamond, founder of Diamond Supply Co., an iconic skateboarding brand headquartered in Los Angeles.

“We at The California Endowment know that health happens when youth have opportunities to engage physical activity and this brand new skate plaza is a great resource for Boyle Heights’ youth,” said Beatriz Solís, director for Healthy Communities – South Region for The California Endowment.

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