San Benito opens new, improved skate pad at Stookey Park

SAN BENITO — The skate pad is open for business and already being utilized by the local skating community.

Its small but it’s a skate pad complete with equipment. Currently what sits on the cement slab is minimal but it’s just the beginning.

It has four pieces of equipment on it, a grind box or skate edge, two rails and a skate bench.

Parks and Recreation Director Art Garza said in May about $24,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds had been allocated to pay for new equipment and to repair existing equipment as needed.

“The work that could be done was done in-house,” Garza said. “We will also continue to find funding for the future skate park.”

Workers also installed a fence protecting skaters from nearby parking lot traffic and installed a fence between the pool and the restrooms.

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