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The Rancho Peñasquitos Skate Park, located at 10111 Carmel Mountain Road, has remained unsupervised since January 2009 due to San Diego’s budget problems.

Initially, skaters were permitted to use the site at their own risk. However, the park, which is only four years old, was already in need of repairs because some of the wooden ramps had deteriorated to the point where they had become a hazard.

The facility was gated for safety reasons, but skaters found their way in, despite the prohibition against its use. Bikers made their way in (bicycles, scooters, and motorized equipment are not permitted in the park), and many skaters weren’t wearing safety gear.

The entrance was then thoroughly secured so that users would not have access.

There is now a security guard on duty to keep people out of the facility. The security guard’s salary exceeds what it would cost to staff the park and keep it open. Rumors are circulating that the skate park might reopen next month.

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GrandOlePartyisOver June 14, 2009 @ 5:14 p.m.

There isn't any community effort to volunteer to make the fixes needed to keep it open in Rancho Penasquitos? There are no local businesses that can help? Inevitably kids will now start to get into trouble for using a park that was actually built for them. It is actually cruel, and beckonning trouble almost akin to entrapment.

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SpliffAdamz_ June 16, 2009 @ 9:18 a.m.

I skated there once. I still don't understand why they have wooden ramps?? Knowing that when it rains those ramps will need to be replace or fixed. They should do like Memorial Skate park and just make it all cement. Damm i need to go and practice my variel flips!! Skaters rock!!!

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Ponzi June 17, 2009 @ 9:15 p.m.

The security guard’s salary exceeds what it would cost to staff the park and keep it open. ^^^

Just a small example of our fine fiscal management and leadership in San Diego. Would it be any surprise to you if almost everything was managed in this manner?

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asullivan13 June 29, 2009 @ 3:49 p.m.

With such a major surf/skate industry presence in SD, I'm also surprised that no one from that uh, sub-culture has made an effort to bring the skate park back to life! What's the deal?

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