City Corner: Skateboarding, kayaking round out summer fun

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

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 or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.



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