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Fallbrook Skatepark is closer to reality but has to change course

 

Last updated 1/11/2018 at 11:14pm



FALLBROOK – Over the last 14 years, Fallbrook Skatepark Inc. has dedicated countless hours toward advocating the building of Fallbrook’s first public skatepark. This last year was no exception. In fact, 2017, was a record breaking year for FSI, which:

• Raised $20,592+ in fundraising

• Received a Tony Hawk Foundation grant award of $10,000

• Collected nearly 1,000 petition signatures and continues to do so

• Gained over 1,600 followers on its social media platforms

• Became official member of Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce

• Held successful inaugural golf tournament at Pala Mesa Resort

Yet for all the progress made during these past 12 months, there is still a ways to go until Fallbrook hears the sound of rolling wheels on its very own public skatepark.

With heavy heart, the board members of Fallbrook Skatepark Inc. announce that the Fallbrook Skatepark Inc – Fallbrook Sports Association partnership has dissolved. Just over a year ago the two organizations entered into an agreement for FSI to place skate elements within the FSA managed sports complex at Ingold Field.

FSI spent the previous 14 months designing the park and raising funds for the designated spot, but recent changes to the Fallbrook Sports Association organization and business plan focus has set them on a different strategic course. “We wish them the best of luck in all future ventures,” affirmed Sean O’Callaghan, FSI president.

This means that FSI’s number one priority in 2018 is to locate the right piece of property for the skatepark to call home. What many don’t realize is that Fallbrook, an unincorporated village, doesn’t see any of the city-style community planning, or budgeted funds from which all its neighboring cities benefit.

Vista, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Linda Vista, and City Heights have all opened multi-million dollar public skateparks for all communities to enjoy. The Fallbrook community, on the other hand, relies on county funds and numerous types of grants to build and maintain all of its parks.

FSI will continue working together with strong supporters, San Diego County Parks and Recreation and County Seat Area 81 Advisory Board (governed by the County Supervisor’s Office), to find another spot and strongly believes this community will be a better place with a free public skatepark – a safe place for people of all ages, all genders, and all wheels to enjoy and participate in the awesome recreational sport of skateboarding.

All of the community’s support to date is greatly appreciated and continued assistance and backing is still needed. For ways to help, contact FSI by one of the means below.

Fallbrook Skatepark Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to providing safe skateboarding recreational opportunities for children, youth and adults in Northern San Diego County. For more information contact: Fallbrook Skatepark Inc. (FSI), P.O. Box 1786, Fallbrook, CA 92088-1786, (442) 444-2585, info@fallbrookskateparkinc.org, or http://www.fallbrookskateparkinc.org.

 

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