July 13, 2011
Caption royalblue: Rob Dyrdek addresses the crowd of fans and media at today's ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Laveen skate park.
Today, the city of Phoenix and the Rob Dyrdek Foundation celebrated the grand opening of Laveen’s first skate plaza located at Cesar Chavez Park, 7858 S. 35th Ave. The skate plaza, designed by California Skate Parks, sits on nearly an acre of land and features nearly 10,000 square feet of skateable terrain consisting of five intersecting pathways that stretch through the park's landscape.
The skate plaza was heavily influenced by modern Arizona architecture and themed around the 2010 Arizona Street League skateboarding event. It incorporates elements and details from last year’s event, including repurposed features like the floating hubba ledges and the bench with flat bar. The decorative paving pattern and color pallet consisting of Baja red, charcoal grey, San Diego buff and natural grey.
“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.”
Last year, the Rob Dyrdek Foundation donated $50,000 for the design and construction of the park. “I am extremely proud to partner with Mayor Phil Gordon, the District 7 Office and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to help build a world-class skate plaza at Cesar Chavez Park,” said Rob 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 Skateboarding and the Rob Dyrdek Foundation have helped to continue the city’s strong commitment to the skateboarding community by building more safe and legal skate plazas.”
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.
|Stephanie Ribodal Romero||602-261-8512|