Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.
Skateboarders of South Phoenix, get ready to grind. The primo skate park sponsored by superstar Rob Dyrdek will finally make its debut in just a few weeks.
Dubbed the "Safe Spot Skate Spot
," the 10,000-square-foot facility (which was funded by a $50,000 donation by Dyrdek
to Phoenix's Parks and Recreation Department
last year) inside Cesar Chavez Park
will open to the public on Saturday, July 16.
The open date coincides with Dyrdek's appearance that same weekend over at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale for the Street League Skateboarding Tour.
The skating plaza was originally conceived as an addition to Margaret T. Hance Park
in downtown Phoenix when Dyrdek made his donation last summer. Construction issues with the Arizona Department of Transportation
at Hance Park, however, forced the Parks and Recreation Department to move the facility to Cesar Chavez Park
Plans are still in the works for a skating plaza to eventually be built in downtown, however, which will be paid for by a second donation by Dyrdek.
The Safe Spot Skate Spot is located at Cesar Chavez Park, 7858 South 35th Avenue.