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Echo Park Sk8trz Will Soon Have A New Practice Spot

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Ground is broken on a new skate park in Echo Park (Photo by JuanCarlos Chan, courtesy of the Office of Councilman Mitch O'Farrell)
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Skaters across the tri-hipster area will soon have a new place to congregate and ollie to their hearts' content -- construction began Thursday on the Echo Park Skate Park at the corner of Echo Park Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue.

The park, which is being built at the site of an abandoned swimming pool, will include 7,100 square feet of concrete skating area, a quarterpipe, several short staircases with rails and a mini bowl, among other features.

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Echo Park Skate Park rendering (Courtesy of the Office of Councilman Mitch O'Farrell)

Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, who represents the district that will house the park, says that he's been working on getting it built for over a decade.

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"I'm ecstatic this is finally happening," he said in a statement. "Ever since I was on the staff for my predecessor, my vision was for a world-class skate park to replace the old swimming pool for an even greater experience for visitors."

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Echo Park Skate Park rendering (Courtesy of the Office of Councilman Mitch O'Farrell)

A few other skate parks exist in neighboring areas, including Lincoln Park Skate Park, El Sereno Skate Park and Hollenbeck Skate Plaza.