Thursday, December 2, 1999
Monterey's much-anticipated skate park officially opened last week near Lake El Estero. Even before the park opened, hoards of young skateboarders, in-line skaters, and bikers dropped in, carving the bowl and catching wicked air off the hip. The Weekly investigative team went undercover to bring you a taste of decriminalized skatepunk life.
Age: 17Resides: Carmel
How did the park turn out? We had a lot of meetings to plan it out. It was a good design by [local skater] Rich Bender. But it didn't come out exactly like his plan. During the step from the skaters designing it to the people constructing it, something went wrong. The skaters needed to work hand-in-hand with the construction people. It's fun, but for the amount of work and time and concrete that went into it, you could've had a real nice park.
Age: 15 Resides: Seaside
How do you like the park? Pretty good. There's one or two things out of place, like the pyramid and the box in the corner.
How'd you get in the park before it opened? The people let us check it out. They didn't mind.
Are you glad the city built it? Definitely. People get arrested all the time for skating, like at Monterey High. It's good that it's free.
Age: 19 Resides: Monterey
How's the park? Pretty cool. It's better than nothing. The closest place to skate used to be Santa Cruz.
Are you afraid your board will end up in Lake El Estero? Yah, that's definitely a good possibility.
Will skateboarders come here now instead of street skating? Everybody will still be skating on the streets.