COVER: A skater helps break-in a new pump track skatepark at Veterans Park on Friday following a dedication ceremony. SCREENSHOT/CITY OF SAN MARCOS VIDEO
FROM STAFF REPORTS
San Marcos residents celebrated the opening of a new skatepark in the East Guadalupe neighborhood on Friday, a project funded by country music singer-songwriter Kip Moore’s charity for disadvantaged children.San Marcos is one of four cities along with Nashville, Boston and Annapolis, Md. to benefit from the first round of Moore’s “Comeback Kid Skatepark Project,” an initiative of his nonprofit Kip’s Kids Fund. The pump track-style skate feature was unveiled at Veterans Park, 320 Mariposa Street, with an Aug. 28 ceremony headlined by Moore and Mayor Daniel Guerrero.
“What started off as a pipe dream of mine years ago, has truly become a passion project. It came from me wanting to give kids in inner cities a safe outlet, where they can form the bonds I know can be made from having somewhere awesome to go and be a part of something they enjoy. …. We’re starting with these four cities, but the plan is to keep growing this as far and wide as we can,” Moore said in announcing recipient cities in June.
In addition to thanking Moore, Guerrero credited San Marcos native Brad Turcotte, a marketing executive for Santa Monica, Calif.-based Universal Music Group, with helping San Marcos secure the skatepark.
“The city can’t thank [Turcotte] enough for his work to shine the spotlight on his hometown and help provide a new skatepark for the kids in this community,” the mayor said.
The “Comeback Kid” skatepark complements new playground equipment and other amenities and improvements to Veterans Park funded by a portion of the city’s share of Community Development Block Grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Since 2009, the city has allocated more than $1.5 million in federal grant money to repair and enhance neighborhood parks and recreational facilities including The Village Sports Park complex ($360,460); Eddie Durham Park ($282,390); Victory Gardens Park ($168,200); Veterans Park ($226,866); and, in next fiscal year’s budget, Dunbar Park ($242,117).