The Rob Dyrdek Foundation developed its second Safe Spot Skate Spot in the City of Los Angeles at Hollenbeck Park. Rob Dyrdek and Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar joined up with Recreation and Parks officials on Thursday, December 18, 2009 to celebrate the Grand Opening of a $350,000 state-of-the-art skate plaza in Boyle Heights.
The Safe Spot Skate Spot skate plaza at Hollenbeck Park came to life after the Rob Dyrdek Foundation approached Councilmember Huizar’s office with the idea to build what would become a 14,000 square-foot, tri-level skate plaza that is already being called one of the nation’s premier street-skating plazas. Councilmember Huizar matched that amount and more, allocating $221,000 in Quimby funds and working with the Department of Recreation and Parks to identify and secure approximately $54,000 in additional funding to complete the project.
“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 Councilmember José Huizar. “I want to thank Rob and our friends at Rec and Parks for working with me on this worthy project. Furthermore, with nearly $1 million in improvements, including additional trees and picnic benches, a completely renovated lake bridge, outdoor exercise equipment and now this fabulous skate plaza, Hollenbeck Park is once again a destination spot for seniors, kids and families.”
Rob Dyrdek conceptualized and brought into reality the Safe Spot Skate Spot Program, which creates safe havens for kids to skate at across the country through the Rob Dyrdek Foundation. The Rob Dyrdek foundation opened its first skate plaza at Lafayette Park in February 2009 and already has two other locations in the works. As with all the of its Safe Spot Skate Spots, the Rob Dyrdek Foundation partnered with California Skate Parks for the incredible construction and the design of the plaza.
“I am absolutely thrilled and proud to open our second Safe Spot Skate Spot in the City of Los Angeles,” said Rob Dyrdek. “As you know, one of our goals at the Rob Dyrdek Foundation is to help create and support legal and safe skate plazas, which we call Safe Spot Skate Spots, for communities throughout the world. Here in Los Angeles, we are working closely with the Department of Recreation and Parks to build Safe Spot Skate Spots in all 15 Council Districts.”
“It truly has been an honor working with Councilmember José Huizar and his office, whose leadership and passion for the community he serves is nothing short of inspiring. Together we believe we have provided the local community with one of the best, if not the best skate plazas in the nation.”
City of L.A.’s Department of Recreation and Parks General Manager Jon Kirk Mukri, attended the opening to speak on behalf of his department and the collaborative effort needed to successfully open the skate plaza at Hollenbeck, as well as future sites.
“What fun to join with Rob Dyrdek, the skate plaza visionary, and Councilman Huizar, to provide this great plaza at Hollenbeck Park,” said General Manager Mukri. “It has the components that skaters love to skate with stair sets, rails and ledges. This is our second Safe Spot Skate Spot project and we’re looking forward to more City of Los Angeles projects.”
Hollenbeck Skate Plaza
415 Saint Louis Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Date Open: December 18, 2009
Sq ft.: 14,000