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Posted on: February 7, 2020

Anaheim opens eighth and largest skate park for kids of Romneya neighborhood

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2020) — The kids of the Romneya neighborhood in north Anaheim are dropping in and grinding at our newest and largest skate park at Manzanita Park.

The 12,000-square-foot skate park, which kids have been breaking in since December, officially opened on Thursday with a ribbon cutting and celebration attended by Mayor Pro Tem Steve Faessel and Council Member Jordan Brandman.

Manzanita Skate Park recreates the pool skating of California in the 1970s and the urban skating of today. It includes:

  • A 7-foot-deep bowl for experienced skaters
  • A 3-foot-deep beginner bowl
  • A skate plaza
  • Grind ledges, rails, ramps

The skate park also features a mural with silhouetted skaters doing handstands, bowl drop-ins, grinding and other tricks, set against a California sunset.

The mural was created by Anaheim artist Mike McMillian with design input from local kids.

The skate park is Anaheim’s eighth and largest. It continues a history of skateboarding in Anaheim that goes back to the 1960s.

That’s when iconic skate shoemaker Vans, now a Costa Mesa-based unit of VF Corp., was started in Anaheim in 1966.

The first skateboarding association, the National Skateboard Championships Association, was formed in Anaheim in 1965.

That same year, the first nationally broadcast skateboarding competition was held at La Palma Park and aired on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports.”

The skate park also is significant for Manzanita Park.

The 7.5-acre park opened in 1972 and serves the Romneya neighborhood between Harbor Boulevard and Euclid Street, with the Riverside (91) Freeway to the north.

The neighborhood is home to many immigrant and first-generation families.Manzanita skate park 2 small web

In 2012, a city community and family resource center at the park was destroyed in a suspected gang-related arson fire.

Anaheim spent $1.2 million to restore the building, which cleared the way for what today is the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress to open its 4,800-square-foot Manzanita Park Clubhouse in 2016.

The Clubhouse includes a library, music room, game room, kitchen and computer lab and serves many neighborhood kids of low-income families.

Along with others from the neighborhood, the kids of the Boys & Girls Club now will use the skate park as part of their recreation space.

Along with the skate park, we also added landscaping, additional parking and a traffic roundabout to the park.

Part of the landscaping includes Manzanita plants — the park’s namesake — and pavers that filter and collect rainwater.

You can learn more about the skate park and park improvements in our fact sheet.

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