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Site Selection Public Input Meeting for Downtown Phoenix Skateboarding Plaza

As we covered two weeks ago, the City of Phoenix and the Rob Dyrdek Foundation are partnering for the construction of a new skateboarding plaza near downtown Phoenix.

The City has narrowed down the location to either Margaret T. Hance Park or Townsend Park and need your input to decide. They will be a public input meeting TONIGHT at the Phoenix Center of the Arts. See poster below for details:



Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Time: Meeting starts at 6:30pm

Location: Phoenix Center for the Arts 1212 North 3rd Street

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Share your opinion on a Skateboard Plaza in downtown Phoenix

Last week, this blog noted that the Rob Dyrdek Foundation has donated $50,000 to design and build a skate park in the City of Phoenix. At the time, Phoenix Vice Mayor Michael Nowakowski stated:

I’m thrilled to help bring a world-class skate course to my district. Residents have voiced concerns for additional recreational activities where they live and despite an economic downturn and budget cuts, we’re still able to create this opportunity for youth and families.

One of the sites that is seriously being considered is Hance Park.  It is downtown, pedestrian-friendly, accessible by numerous forms of public transit and near several schools and active neighborhoods.

Lafayette Skate Spot Rendering via Rob Dyrdek Foundation

City of Phoenix staff are looking for people express their opinions to the Parks Board at their next meeting, this Wednesday, September 1st, at 10AM.  The meeting will be held in the Parks Conference Room on the 16th floor of City Hall, 200 W. Washington.

For further information on the meeting, please call Marcia Wilson, Secretary, Parks and Recreation Department at 602-262-4993.

If you can not attend the meeting, you can share you opinion by sending an email to and your respective city council member.

City of Phoenix to receive a skate plaza

[Source: City of Phoenix Public Information Office]

In association with Street League Skateboarding, the Rob Dyrdek Foundation is donating a world-class skate course from the DC Pro Tour fueled by Monster Energy held at Arena on Saturday Aug. 28th along with $50,000 in construction and design costs for a new skate plaza to the City of Phoenix. Rob Dyrdek, Mayor Phil Gordon, and Vice Mayor Michael Nowakowski will hold a press conference at 12:15pm on Tuesday, August 24th at PhoenixCity Hall (today).

Following six years of development, the Street League DC Pro Tour fueled by Monster Energy hits Glendale, Ariz. on Aug. 28th followed by Ontario, Calif. (Citizens Business Bank Arena) on Sept. 11th and the finale in Las Vegas, Nev. (Thomas & Mack Center) on Sept. 25th.  Street League Skateboarding offers a record-breaking $1.2 million purse and a revolutionary real-time scoring system that allows viewers to follow the action from the first trick to the very last.  Each event will air on ESPN2 every Wednesday at 8pm ET/5pm PT, Sept. 15th-29th. The exclusive roster of its 24 elite professional athletes is unprecedented in the world of skateboarding. Tickets and information are available at

The partnership between the Rob Dyrdek Foundation (RDF), Street League Skateboarding and the City of Phoenix will yield the sixth “Safe Spot Skate Spot”, a program developed by RDF to support legal and safe skate spots for communities interested in developing legal, skateable plazas for their youth and families.  Based on the skate plaza concept, the Safe Spot Skate Spot program provides an alternative option for communities with limited budgets or space restrictions to develop real street-skating locations.

“I’m excited that the collaboration between Street League Skateboarding and my foundation will result in the first Safe Spot Skate Spot in the City of Phoenix,” said Rob Dyrdek, the Foundation’s Founder and President. Dyrdek added, “We recognize that cities want to help their skateboarders but are often lacking funds or space and this concept provides the perfect solution for both. I want to thank the City of Phoenix, Mayor Gordon and Vice Mayor Nowakowski for their support of the skateboarding community and for all their help in making this possible.”

Phoenix Vice Mayor Michael Nowakowski stated, “I’m thrilled to help bring a world-class skate course to my district. Residents have voiced concerns for additional recreational activities where they live and despite an economic downturn and budget cuts, we’re still able to create this opportunity for youth and families.  We are honored and look forward to working with professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek on this project. His passion for his sport, along with his willingness to provide resources to help share his love of skateboarding to our city’s youth is admirable and truly appreciated.

About Street League Skateboarding ™

Street League Skateboarding™ (SLS) is the first sports entertainment property that gives Professional Street skateboarding its very own league for individual competition.  Street League features the exclusive participation of the world’s best professionals, the most prize money in skateboarding history with a $1.2 MM purse, and real skate plaza course design inside world-class arenas.

Driven by the need to enhance the experience of live professional street skateboarding, Street League utilizes real-time scoring and a proprietary format that makes every trick count.  Street League is created and hosted by twenty-year professional skateboarder and entrepreneur, Rob Dyrdek.  SLS is the first contest series to construct real concrete skate plazas inside world-class arenas.

These plazas, designed by Dyrdek and California Skateparks (the worldwide leader in skatepark design and construction), signify a departure from traditional skate parks to resemble true street obstacles that would likely be found in any city plaza environment.

More information is available at

About Rob Dyrdek Foundation

Founded in 2003, the Rob Dyrdek Foundation seeks to create healthy communities by promoting and providing the inherent benefits of skateboarding to all facets of society. The Foundation assists municipalities and non-profits with the design, development, and construction of legal Skate Plazas as well as assists with the creation of community and educational programs that promote and encourage the sport of skateboarding.

More information is available at

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