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City Corner: Skateboarding, kayaking round out summer fun

By By Jennifer Sourdellia
Aug. 11, 2013 at 3:11 a.m.
Updated Aug. 12, 2013 at 3:12 a.m.


Are there places in Victoria where skateboarders can use their skateboards?

Yes. Skateboarders are welcome to utilize the 15,000-square-foot city-owned public skate park, 307 N. Ben Wilson St., free of charge. Unique design elements include a plaza influenced street course and flow bowl. The skate park consists of an upper section of connecting pathways that drop 2.5 feet to a lower section with ledges, hips and manual pads. Banked ledges blending into a horseshoe transitional mini-ramp, a bridge gap and curved elements are also incorporated into the skate park's design. The bowl has four different depths of 3, 4, 5 and 6 feet and is raised 4 feet from original elevation to include skate-friendly walkways connecting the bowl to the street course.

The city also added bleacher-style seating, shade structures, a water fountain and a full lighting system to the park. The skate park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The public is reminded that using rollerskates, rollerblades and skateboards are prohibited in the following locations throughout the city:

  1. All Victoria school district campuses;
  2. Victoria College and University of Houston-Victoria campuses;
  3. All hospitals, including the grounds adjacent to hospitals;
  4. Sidewalks in downtown Victoria
  5. Any property that has frontage or direct access to North Navarro Street;
  6. Any church, synagogue or place of worship;
  7. Any private school.

The skate park provides our youth with a positive, safe outlet and attracts tourists from neighboring cities, including Corpus Christi, San Antonio and Houston. For more information, visit http://victoriatx.org/parks/VictoriaSkatePark.asp

I'd like to know more about the upcoming kayak clinic. Can you provide details about it?

Yes. The Victoria Parks and Recreation Department is offering a kayak clinic at the Gary T. Moses Municipal Swimming Pool starting at 8 a.m. Aug. 24, followed by lunch and paddling practice on the Guadalupe River paddling trail in Riverside Park. The class is $10 and is open to the public. Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a legal guardian or adult. Preregister at the Parks and Recreation Office or call 361-485-3200 for more information. A limited number of kayaks will be available to use during the clinic.

Do you have a question about the city of Victoria? Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the Communications/Public Information Office by emailing jsourdellia@victoriatx.org or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.

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