Cesar Chavez Park – Phoenix, AZ

On July 13, 2011, in association with Street League Skateboarding™, the Rob Dyrdek Foundation celebrated the official opening of Phoenix’s first skate plaza in Laveen, located at Cesar Chavez Park.

The Rob Dyrdek Foundation donated $50,000 for the design and construction of the park in 2010. Designed by California Skateparks, a world-renowned skate park design firm, the new skate plaza has many skateable elements typically found in an urban environment. At more than 10,000 square feet of skateable terrain, the design consists of a network of five interesting pathways that stretch through the park’s landscape and spread out almost an acre of land.

The Cesar Chavez skateplaza is part of Rob Dyrdek Foundation’s “Safe Spot Skate Spot” program.  Conceptualized by Rob Dyrdek, The Safe Spot Skate Spot program seeks to create safe and legal havens for skaters  by construing urbanized plazas in preexisting city parks across the country. The main goals of the program are to provide communities with safe, and legal skate plazas, increase and encourage the active engagement of people in the sport of skateboarding, and design and develop skate plazas in municipalities throughout the world. Additionally, the program provides an alternative option for communities with limited budgets or space restrictions to develop real street-skating locations.

“I’m extremely proud to partner with Mayor Phil Gordon, Councilmember Michael Nowakowski and the Department of Parks and Recreation to help build a world class skateplaza at Cesar Chavez Park,” said Roy Dyrdek, the Foundation’s Founder and President. “The City of Phoenix has done a tremendous job of welcoming us, and I am honored that both Street League Skateboaring and the Rob Dyrdek Foundation have helped to continue the City’s strong commitment to the skateboarding community by building more safe and legal skateplazas.”

“As a resident of Laveen, I’m excited to see a new amenity at Cesar Chavez Park,” said Delia Ortega-Nowakowski, a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Board. “Our community is one of the fastest-growing in the city and we were in need of a place for youth to be able to skate legally.”

The skatespot was heavily influenced by modern Airzona architecture and themed around the 2010 Arizona Street League event. It incorporates elements and details from last years design, including repurposed features like the floating hubba ledges and the bench with flat bar. The skate plaza is open to skateboards and in-line skates and the hours of operation are from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. For more information on the skate plaza, contact the District 7 Office at 602-262-7492.

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