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ParksandRecreationCommission

SkateboardParkAdhocCommitteeMeeting
April21,20146:00pmatMarineAvenuePark

MeetingNotes:
IntroductionandOverview
AdHoccommitteememberNancyHersmanandParksandRecreationDirectorMarkLeyman
introducedthecommittee,CityStaffandVinceOnelfromSpohnRanchSkateparks.
Nancyexplainedthepurposeofthemeetings,providedbackgroundinformationanddescribed
themeetingprocess
RecreationServicesManagerIdrisAlOboudiintroducedtwomembersofthePolice
Department.IdrisexplainedthatfollowingcommentsatthemeetingonApril14,2014
concerningillegalactivityatPolliwogParkherequestedstatisticsoncallstopoliceinthearea.
HesaidtheofficerswereavailabletoansweranyquestionsandprovidedthegroupwithOfficer
RobCochransemailaddress(rcochran@citymb.info).
AquestionconcerningtheAdHocCommitteemeetingsandadherencetoBrownActregulations
wasaskedbyanattendee.
o NancyexplainedtheBrownActandthestructureoftheAdHocCommitteeand
meetingsandtheircompliancewiththeBrownAct
NancyagainintroducedVinceOnelfromSpohnRanchSkateparksandaskedthathegivea
presentationonskateparkdesign.

SkateboardParkDesignPresentationbyVinceOnelofSpohnRanchSkateparks:
Vinceexplainedthreepointsthatneedtobeconsideredwhendecidingonadesignfora
skateboardpark:
1. Site
2. Budget
3. Localinput

Vinceshowedexamplesofskateboardparksintheregionandplannedparksoutsidetheregion.
Theparksvariedinsizeanddesign.Vinceaskedattendeestocommentontheprosandconsof
eachexample.
1. HermosaBeach:
Pros
Notinresidentialarea
Cons
Toosmall
Doesnotflowwellfromfeaturetofeature
Outdated
Notbuiltbyskateparkdesigners
2. Westchester:
Pros
Wellbuilt
Goodstreetscapedesign
Easilyaccessible
Appearsopenandinviting
Cons
Offersonlyadvancedlevelterrain

3. Venice:
Pros
Varietyofstreetscapeandtransitionfeatures
Verylarge
Locatedonthebeach
Cons
Nofencing(concernedthatkidscouldwalkrightintoparkwithout
realizingitwasdangerous)
4. GardenaJohnson:
Pros
Openandinviting
Cons
Tooinviting(wouldencourageafterhoursandimproperuse)
Small(60007000sq.ft.)
Veryclosetohomes
o VincenotedthatSpohnRanchdesignedthisparkandwasnot
awareofanyissuesrelatedtoitsproximitytoresidences

Otherquestions,commentsandconcernsraisedduringthepresentation:
o Excessivenoisefromskateboardparks:
Severalattendeesexpressedconcernovernoiselevelsinandaround
skateboardparks
Vincestatedthatresearchshowsnoiselevelsfromskateboardparksdo
notgenerallyimpactsurroundingcommunity.Thenoisegeneratedfrom
skateboardparksblendsintotheambientnoiseatadistanceof50100
feet.
Arenoiseabatementmethodsbepartofthedesignprocess?
Yes,noisecanbemitigatedbyincorporatinglandscapebarriersorother
noisedampeningfeatures
o Severalparksintheareaofferstreetscapeterrain,butthereisaneedforaparkwith
transitiontypefeatures
o Thebesttypeofparkwouldbeonethatofferedvariedterrain(i.e.somethingfor
everyone)becauseitwouldappealtoskateboardersofallagesandabilitylevels
o IncludeelementsthatwouldreflectthesurfingandbeachcultureoftheCityof
ManhattanBeach

Wrapup
AdHocCommitteememberNancyHersmanclosedthediscussionandremindedattendeesof
theParksandRecreationCommissionmeetingonMonday,April28,2014at6:30pm.

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