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Zuma Beach in the Running for Temporary Skate Park Location

Malibu city staff recently met with representatives from L.A. County Beaches & Harbors, which manages Zuma Beach and its parking lots.

L.A. County Beaches & Harbors showed signs in a recent meeting with city representatives it is willing to consider the Zuma Beach parking lot as a temporary location for a skate park.

Malibu has been without a skate park since Papa Jack's closed in October 2011. The city has been looking for a temporary place for the skatepark.

City staff met with officials from L.A. County Beaches & Harbors last week about relocating the Papa Jack's ramps to the Zuma Beach parking lot, according to Bob Stallings, Malibu's Parks & Recreation director.

"Conceptually, everyone agrees this site has potential," Stallings said.

Another meeting is planned soon to flush out some of the details, he said.

Meanwhile, work is continuing on the design for a permanent home for the park. The council recently OKed a $38,000 contract to Santa Cruz-based Wormhoudt Inc. for design services for a permanent skate facility at Bluff's Park in Malibu.

Wormhoudt has designed more than 125 skateparks since 1974, according to a city staff report.

Hans Laetz November 24, 2012 at 04:14 PM
How is the city going to handle safe access for the teens and parents using this park? Parallel parking on PCH? I doubt the skateboard moms and dads will pay $13 to drive into the county lot. I've ridden a skateboard in that parking lot. I nearly wrecked it ... the ball bearings got full of sand. It will displace parking in the beach parking lot, won't it? And where exactly will that overflow parking go? I hope to hear answers from the city on this. The Zuma Beach lot was roundly panned at the skateboarders meetings.
MALIBU PREMIER PROPERTIES November 24, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Malibu Resisdents enjoy peaceful walks along the sidewalk of the Zuma Beach Parking lot as an essential part of their daily routines for health of body mind and spirit. A skate park temporary or otherwise would be noisey and disquietening and disrupt the harmony of the place for so many residents, I am not in favor of this idea.
jan November 24, 2012 at 07:54 PM
No thank you. Please don't spoil the pristine beauty and calmness witha concrete skate park. We love the beautiful calm walk along the beach. There will be no harmony of man and nature. Please find a place inland. A good place would be to get rid of the worse Mexican Restaurant in the world in Malibu along with its Sushi house and build a skate park there. Its just off PCH and the noise won't bother anyone and no one will get sick anymore from the terrible food.!!!!
hellwood November 24, 2012 at 08:55 PM
super LAME place for ramps when piles of sand blow all day into the parking lot. Im guessing none of you have hard wheels on your skates who suggested this stupid idea. Put an urgent care there while you are at it, and we can treat all of the out of towners and their injuries because every person who shows up for surf from pacoima to rancho cucamonga will be skating there, and when the surf sucks, it will be even more crowded with people who dont even live here. this will defeat the purpose of Malibu having its own place to skate. the ramps have to go where they are NOT on display for the whole world. What is wrong with the parking lot behind City Hall??????????????????????
Terry November 24, 2012 at 11:26 PM
the city of malibu should build the skatepark where the new parking lot is proposed for the high school. to complement the skatepark the boys and girls club should be moved to that location also. they then could also put in a practice field which by the new location. the area where the boys and girls club now is could be used for parking and they wouldnt need lights. the school will be eliminating one practice field at the high school for 2 new tennis courts anyway (thanks city counsel) so a new location for the boys and girls club with the skate park and a practice field would be great.
Hans Laetz November 25, 2012 at 12:30 AM
You want to put modular buildings (AKA mobile homes) on tbat ridge top? You do know that the BoysGirls buildings are lit at night, right? We considered buildings on that ridgetop in 2009 and the consensus was that would block views and make neighbors angry. And by the way, you do know there was a years long series of community meetings, hearings, workshops and meetings on the school? I don't recall seeing you at any of them.
Terry November 25, 2012 at 01:25 AM
so r u saying u want it to be a parking lot? boys and girls club buildings r under 18 ft which is allowed i did go to some meetings. the school made presentaqtions and ignored any and all comments as evidenced by their current plan
Terry November 25, 2012 at 01:37 AM
another great spot would be where the trancas riders and ropers used to be at trancas. the kids could skateboard in from malibu park and malibu west - it sits low and it is wind protected. then i could shop at the new k mart at trancas
Terry November 25, 2012 at 01:39 AM
call it the hans metrodome at trancas
Andy Lyon November 25, 2012 at 03:37 AM
I can't think of a worse place for metal ramps than the parking lot at zuma ! What a joke. And how much are they going to charge Malibu to put them there ? The parking lot above City Hall is perfect , AND WOULD BE FREE !!!...there is plenty of room for a few of the ramps to go there and it has already been freshly paved for all the street skating stuff that kids want to do. It's not all about ramps. Look how rough the zuma parking lot is...is Malibu responsible for repaving it ? So Lame ! I suggested the upper lot at one of the first meetings and Thorsen was back peddling big time. Malibu sucks ! RIP Larry Hagman Malibu needs a Mayor like him again...albeit honorary.
Mark Hayes November 25, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Andy has a great suggestion. The saddest part of this whole issue is that the park was kicked out so the story poles could go up and the developer could plot the future development of this parcel which will take at least 3 years. So a temporary place must be found for a project that might or might not be built. Meanwhile the civic center continues to provide almost nothing in the way of community.
erik rondell November 25, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Here we are again.. Temp skate park ? Give me a break . Our young athletes deserve some kind of REAL place to ride. A place that they can call their own ! Zuma parking lot ? Oh yeah that's the answer. Santa Monica- 2 or more skate parks. Oxnard/ Ventura- 2 , maybe 3 ! What has this city become,? DUKES & The Roman Helmets band helped put on a MALIBU Skate Park Fundraiser , lot's of caring families where there. Local or not , Take care of the youth.. bottom line. Temp park,, NOT THE ANSWER. Zuma - bad thought. ( est. 1970 )
erik rondell November 25, 2012 at 06:38 AM
I've got it !!! Just build a ramp in your back yard.. that's how it all started anyway . No thanks needed.. "Always wear your helmet"
Terry November 25, 2012 at 03:14 PM
sorry but u cant build a ramp in your back yard. you would need a building permit and it would take 4 years to get one. it would be an accessory structure so you probably cant have a house on your property. oh no. no temporary structure without a permit. andy's idea about the lot at city hall is good. we dont need a city hall anyway. they couldnt even save the courthouse. there is an idea. we could have a skatepark at the old courthouse
Hans Laetz November 25, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Yes. The parking lot is preferable to modular buildings on the ridgetop. The new parking lot is the key to relocating parked cars from Morning View Drive, thus opening up MVD for parent drop-off. This is very important to the neighbors. If you had been in attendance or awake at the meetings, you would have learned this.
Hans Laetz November 25, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Great idea! I would support a neighborhood park at Trancas. And with a ballfield, too. The sound of kids having fun makes my day. I far prefer it to the whining from selfish NIMBY adults making infantile tit-for-tat arguments. I've been campaigning for years for the City of Malibu to build its first real new park somewhere near Trancas. This city has spent upwards of $35 million on new "parks" in the past 10 years and not one facility for school-age children has been added. Three "parks", no ballfields. Shameful.

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