First Rob Dyrdek/DC SHOES Skate Spot opens in Downtown LA!
On Feb 24, 2009 the movement continued in Los Angeles as Skate Plaza visionary Rob Dyrdek opened the world's first Safe Spot, Skate Spot at Lafayette Recreational Park. A thousand kids were joined by LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, camera news crews and reporters, a Fuel TV crew, and magazine reps. The locals, their families, the DC team and the industry were all on hand for the opening of skateboarding's newest landmark, and the start of the era of the Safe Spot Skate Spot.
In early 2008, New Line Skateparks began working alongside Rob Dyrdek to expand the Plaza Foundation's offerings to include a program that would specifically reach out to communities with limited budgets and/or space restrictions. The result was the creation of the Safe Spot Skate Spot Urban Renewal Development Program – and as of February 24, 2009 - the completion of Downtown LA’s first legitimate site-built concrete Skate Spot in Lafayette Park! The park was constructed in less than 4 weeks by our friends at California Skateparks - thanks guys. Read the full story below courtesy of DCSHOES.COM
The opening ceremonies began around three o'clock as Dyrdek got L.A. city council members up on his giant skateboard (the largest one ever made) for a little ride across the spot. It was pretty crazy to see Dyrdek, simply a great skateboarder and business owner to most of us, riding a skateboard and rubbing elbows with the mayor of one of the biggest cities in the world. Dyrdek has reached a new level for real.
Then came the welcoming speeches. In his, Dyrdek reinforced his long-term goal of making many more spots just like Lafayette all over the city of Los Angeles. Thanks to the cooperation of the city, this is the first legal street skateboarding spot of many. He said, "This is the future of the sport. We are not trying to over build and force features into a space, but creating a handful of obstacles in a place we call a spot."
Ribbon cutting was next, and Dyrdek joined LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to slice the red ribbon. The spot was officially open to the public with the sun shining but quickly setting. The kids rushed in to be among the first to session the spot, hitting the benches, stairs, handrails, and even a skateable star bank -- it's 9000 square feet of street skating in all. They'd seen it being built over the last 3 weeks from outside the fence, but Tuesday was their first real chance to skate its pristine terrain smack dab in the middle of downtown L.A.
It was a good scene to start Laffayette off right: the team, local government officials, kids and families all packing the spot to celebrate its birth. Spotted in the crowd were DC riders Rob Dyrdek, Josh Kalis, PJ Ladd, Ryan Smith, Lindsey Robertson, Greg Myers, Wes Kremer, and Marquise Henry. Also in attendance were Steve Berra, Braydon Szafranski, Giovanni Reda, and Anthony Van Engelen.
As dark fell the crowds began to disperse, with the spot open from today on as a new hub for legal street skateboarding -- no pads or tickets at this free spot. Skate it at 625 South Lafayette Park Place, Los Angeles, CA 90057 (near the intersection of Commonwealth and Wilshire).
We’ll let the grand opening pictures (below) speak for themselves… For more information on the Rob Dyrdek/DC Shoe Co Plaza Foundation Plaza Foundation initiatives and how you can get involved, check out www.skateplaza.com and see our featured projects section.