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From the Santa Cruz Sentinel .
Skaters pleased with changes at Derby Park skate park
By STEPHEN BAXTER - Santa Cruz Sentinel
SANTA CRUZ - Just three weeks after skateboarders blasted a renovation of one of the state's oldest skate parks at Derby Park, skaters sped through the new version on Tuesday with new sense of pride.
With the skate park set to reopen Wednesday, many praised concrete contractor Mike Greenwald for listening and making design changes on the fly.
One major change is a 2-foot-high "rocket pocket" at the top of the snake run where skaters can gain speed. The sidewalks next to the snake run also have new "pump bumps" to add some flow to their runs.
"You pump through the thing and it's perfect now," said Brad Davies, a skater who lives near the park.
"They took a whole bunch of skateboarder input - and a lot of it was really last minute, which was great. From where it started to where it is now, it's a complete 180."
The park's famous snake run and bowl were built in the mid-1970s without rebar, said Santa Cruz Parks Superintendent Mauro Garcia.
Rain helped form large cracks, and safety concerns from the broken concrete prompted a complete overhaul that was approved by the city council in 2011.
When construction started in late April, many skaters complained that they hadn't been notified.
Outspoken skaters offered ideas. Some skaters showed up every day to monitor the project. Skater Dan Robinson, 28, eventually joined the concrete crew.
"We kept it as authentic as possible while adding some new stuff," Robinson said Tuesday. "It's mixed emotions, you know, because we miss the real Derby. Now it's the new Derby."
There are new lips on the snake run that are reminiscent of park before its overhaul in 1991, skaters said. Other additions include a new "bank to curb" near the top of the park and a new lip in the bowl that's easier for skaters to slide.
Now, some skaters are appealing to city leaders to expand the skate park into a rarely-used volleyball sand pit next to it.
Mauro Garcia, the Santa Cruz Parks Superintendent, said he would entertain ideas for expansion.
"I think if they're well organized and present their possible options to the city, then we'll listen to what they have to say," Garcia said.
The design changes added to the skate park project during construction were included in the $70,000 budget, he said.
Garcia said there were no plans for a formal reopening of the skate park. However, a park re-dedication could happen in the fall to rename the park.
On May 7, the parks and recreation commission voted unanimously to add the full name of former Santa Cruz police Sgt. Charles Derby to the park's title.
New signs could be added to the park with Derby's full name if the City Council approves it at is Tuesday meeting.
"I think a lot of the skating community is happy with the changes out there," Garcia said. "They're anxious to use it as often as possible."
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