Danville parks commissioners have selected Sycamore Valley Park as the site of a potential skate park coming to the town.
The other two sites up for consideration were Osage Station Park, near the intersection of El Capitan Drive and Greenbrook Drive, and Diablo Vista Park, at Crow Canyon and Dougherty roads.
But after consulting firm Spohn Ranch conducted site analyses of the three spots, it was determined that Sycamore Valley Park -- situated at Holbrook Drive and Camino Tassajara -- would be the best place for a skate park, said Henry Perezalonso, town recreation services director. Specifically, the fountain and pond area within Sycamore Valley Park.
"Nothing has been decided yet," Perezalonso said. What this means, he said, is that Sycamore Valley Park will be used for the skate park feasibility study they are currently conducting, to determine the costs and scope of the project.
When looking at the various potential sites, commissioners and consultants considered factors like the sites' locations and their on-site amenities. Sycamore Valley Park, Perezalonso said, is more accessible than the other two sites, has a decent amount of parking and already has lighting in the fountain and pond area that could be used for skate park-goers.
The decision came at a December meeting for the Parks and Leisure Services Commission. A week later, over 80 community members -- many of them skate sport enthusiasts -- showed up to a town-sponsored skate park design workshop, to share their thoughts on the new park.
Perezalonso said he was "very impressed" with how well-spoken the workshop's attendees were. There was a wide range of ages, he said, including some multi-generational skating families, and many adults who spoke about growing up in Danville with no place to skate.
Community members voiced the desire to make the potential skate park attractive to skaters of all levels, especially to young girls, Perezalonso said. They also brought up that skateboarding is soon to be an Olympic sport, making its entrance at the 2020 Tokyo games.
While the park is primarily designed for Danville residents, skate parks do attract boarders from all over, he said.
"So I do anticipate that there may be some folks from out of town," Perezalonso said. "But that's with any skate park."
He said they hope to present the results of the skate park feasibility study at a February Parks and Leisure Services Commission meeting.