ANAHEIM, Calif. (Aug. 22, 2016) — During a weekend celebration, residents around Ponderosa Park joined the city of Anaheim to open a skate park and start construction on a community center that will provide fun, exercise and family services to the neighborhood.
The newly opened, 10,000-square-foot skate park provides a safe, cool place for kids to skate in the neighborhood, nestled between Angel Stadium of Anaheim and Anaheim Resort.
The 12,287-square-foot community center, set to open a year from now, will replace the community’s existing center, which is busting at the seams.
The projects stem from five years of working with residents to bring improvements to one of Anaheim’s most used parks.
Residents took part in planning and gave input on what they wanted at their 9-acre park and community center.
The skate park, Anaheim’s fifth, features a pool-style bowl as well as rails, steps, decks and other street features that challenge skateboarders of all ages and abilities.
In a neighborhood of apartments and busy streets, the skate park gives kids a safe and challenging place to hone their skating skills.
“Just a few months ago, there weren’t many safe places to skate around here,” Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said. “Now, Ponderosa is home to the city’s newest and coolest skate park.”
Neighborhood kids joined Mayor Tait to shovel the first bits of dirt for the community center, which will include classrooms, a demonstration kitchen, a 7,000-square-foot gymnasium, a dance and exercise room and an outdoor courtyard for activities and evening movies.
Rounding out the $15 million renovation to Ponderosa Park will be new playground features, a water play area, outdoor exercise stations, picnic areas, a community garden and an outdoor plaza for cultural and art performances.
“This center will serve families, which are the foundation of this neighborhood,” Tait said. “Kids will be able to get homework help, teens will get help finding their first job. and parents will have the opportunity to learn English.”
The park renovations are funded by fees paid by developers in the nearby Platinum Triangle around Angel Stadium of Anaheim. All of Ponderosa Park’s renovations are expected to be done late 2017.