Hemet council gives green light to seek skateboard park grant for Gibbel Park

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Mark LaRue from Stantec, a community development landscape architect company, shows a poster board with photos of common jumps and ollies found in skateboard parks with colored sticker dots placed by Hemet skateboarders showing what they would like built in a proposed skateboard park in the city. The poster was shown at the Hemet City Council meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 13. Tony Ault photo
A workshop on the feasibility of the city to build a skateboard park and seek funding for the project was unanimously approved by the Hemet City Council Tuesday, Aug. 13. The workshop brought a large contingent of skateboarders, skateboard park supporters and others to the council chambers, each vying for an opportunity to speak in favor of the action. The council and staff have spent several years evaluating the feasibility of building the skateboard park in an underused section of Gibbel Park. Funding for the park was always an issue, councilmember said, even with a strong public desire for the project. A State Plaza Task Force Committee was formed by the council with citizens in an attempt to bring the project, dubbed “The Gibbel Park Project,” to fruition. The city contrac
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