The Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously last week to create a pilot program that will give skateboarders under 12 years old their own time at Skater’s Point park on the waterfront. The three-month program – which will go into effect this weekend – calls for the park to be open for “grommets only” from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday and for additional corporate-sponsored kids’ clinics on Sunday afternoons, when possible. The program differs sharply from the one originally proposed late last year, which would have set aside four hours for the young skaters on both Saturdays and Sundays. The commission also voted unanimously to create a skate parks advisory board that will – among other things – work to create a second local park and address problems of protective-gear enforcement.
Originally published 9:26 p.m., February 2, 2006
Updated 3:31 p.m., February 18, 2006
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