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City hasn't signed off on project; safety concerns, location still being discussed.

COURTESY GRAPHIC - Dreamlands Skateparks presented this and other images to the Culver City Council in a work session. The company is helping with design services for the proposed park, in honor of Darlene Urbach.A group of Culver residents has raised about $100,000 to build a skatepark, and last week they made a presentation to the City Council.

The council hasn't signed off on the project.

Mayor Nancy Diaz called the project "exciting" and said the council would continue to discuss it.

"Some of the concerns the council will need to take into consideration include safety concerns about a location, which includes a design that will allow for growth, provide the best fit for all age groups for now, as well as meet the long-term needs of the community," Diaz said. "We will need to also consider the future financial support for maintenance and repairs in order to keep the addition attractive, safe and an asset to the community."

Cindy Dix, who is heading up the effort, said that people have been talking about a skatepark in Culver for many years.

"Small groups of tweens and teens have done fundraising activities over the years with little success due to the large amount of funding needed for such a project," Dix said.

In November of 2019, the community of Culver lost Darlene Urbach to cancer. Urbach worked at Culver Elementary School and was the district's homeless liaison. Her family started a memorial fund and raised $4,455 via GoFundMe. Along with other small fundraisers, the total reached $10,000, Dix said.

Then the owners of Delta Pro Scooters found out about the project and donated 2,500 scooters and 500 scooter decks, which were sold to kids in Culver, which brought the total to more than $100,000.

"At this point, we felt we had a substantial amount and began taking further steps," Dix said.

"We were contacted by Dreamland Skateparks in Lincoln City, and they have agreed to create a plan and a budget for our project," she said. "We realize there are many problems to solve and issues to deal with, but we feel like we are making great strides."

Some contractors have also promised to donate materials and labor to make the park a reality.

In a presentation to the City Council, Dreamland Skateparks outlined what's important in a successful skatepark site.

First, it needs to be accessible to all ages, and kids need to be able to get there from a central location.

Having amenities for the whole family is also ideal, and the presentation showed parks in other communities that were part of a larger park facility.

Laying out the park so that the approach is correct and provides good visibility is necessary, as well, so police and parents can clearly see into the park.

Finally, the presentation said, the design should be built for all skill levels and types of riders.

Dreamland's proposal calls for the skatepark to be built at the existing Culver community park, at a size of 2,000 square-feet. It would include a bowl, a rail, a bank, a Euro gap, a Jersey barrier, a bump and a quarter-pipe.


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