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Save Torrance Skate Park!

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The city of Torrance spent a big chunk of change to build the South Bay's largest skate park on Torrance city property. But according to local skaters, the city has not properly maintained it. They do manage to maintain the batting cages and hockey rink that share the property, though. Local skater and mom, Karen Rennie, reports, "Torrance had one of the only wood bowls around- and it is currently closed due to giant holes that could be easily fixed with less than $50.00 worth of wood- yet the holes are still there...a vast majority of the park is fenced off, for what would be only minor repairs."

Now the city has finally come up with a plan to renovate the park, by closing it down over the summer. This move has skaters up in arms. Locals fear that if the skate park is closed down for a long period of time, it will cause new residents in the adjoining condos to complain about the noise when it does re-open, not to mention depriving neighborhood kids the use of the park during peak season. According to Rennie, "A city official recently said the plan was to close down the skate park during the summer for repairs (like that makes sense) and then re-open in the winter (when it rains) for skating. Why not just spend the MINIMUM to repair the park and let the kids use it during the summer, repair in the winter?"

On Saturday June 28th between 11am and 1pm the city will be holding a meeting to solicit the public's input on the design of a new skatepark. It is imperative that supporters show up to let the city know the importance of maintaining the skatepark without shutting it down.
Free skate session and free food and drinks.
2200 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance, CA 90504
"Just go to the back of the parking lot- next to the giant condo-monstrosity the city recently approved."

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