Skatepark in Demand by Local Kids and Parents

Kids gather in support of the skatepark. Photo taken by Dajana Mitchell

Kids gather in support of the skatepark. Photo taken by Dajana Mitchell

A skatepark in Malibu has been in high demand for quite some time. On July 25, Malibu’s youngest skaters and their parents rallied for a new skatepark. Skateboarding has been a large part of the local community and a beloved activity by kids and adults alike. While the kids are campaigning on Instagram with their account @Malibuskatepark, the parents are contacting the city government, scheduling meetings to get their voices heard. After years of pleading, it looks like the Malibu skaters might just get their wish. In fact, a city council meeting on July 8th has discussed a possible location next door to Malibu Bluffs Park. According to the Malibu Times, a special meeting, taking place on August 21, will discuss the issue in more detail. 

Community members seem all in favor, as the future skatepark has gotten widespread support around town. On Nextdoor, parents call for a skatepark for their kids before they leave high school. Some want the skatepark so that the local teens stop skate hitching, or “skitching”, an activity where skaters hang on to the back of passing cars with their boards. Malibuites are concerned by this dangerous activity and feel that the only solution is a skatepark. There, they can skate all they want without stepping foot onto the dangerous Pacific Coast Highway. While there is a mini skate ramp at the Malibu Boys and Girls Club at Malibu High School, it is not nearly large enough to satisfy the growing population of Malibu skaters. This leads to the kids searching far and wide, disrupting businesses and putting their own lives in danger to find somewhere to skate. Hopefully, Malibuites will soon get to enjoy the new Malibu Skatepark in the not too distant future. MM

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