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Marine Park Skate Spot Wins AWPA 'Project of the Year' Award

Dec 19, 2017 12:56PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The Marine Avenue Park "Skate Spot" skate park has won a "Project of the Year" award from the American Public Works Association's Southern California Division. The park won the top prize in the "Creative and Innovative" division for jurisdictions with fewer than 50,000 people.

The 8,000-square-foot park is located in the northeast corner of Marine Avenue Park, just past the baseball diamond’s outfield and adjacent to Manhattan Beach Studios. The park was 15 years in the making, with input from the community and the skateboarding community.

"Being recognized by APWA for the Marine Avenue Skate Spot is validation to the entire community who worked on this project for many years, along with the city team," said Manhattan Beach Director of Parks and Recreation Mark Leyman. "The outcome was a well-designed, beautiful Skate Spot.”

The city has worked with Spohn Ranch Skateparks on the project since 2013, and also worked with Stantec's Action Sport Group, along with input and suggestions from numerous community members. It was funded in part with a grant from the County of Los Angeles.

The skate park's grand opening in March 13 was marked with great fanfare, with a festival of food, music, art, and skating.

The Southern California Chapter Project of the Year Award Program was established to recognize public agencies for outstanding capital improvement projects and public works programs, and share ideas displayed in these projects and programs with other APWA members. The "Creative and Innovative" division honors project that demonstrate "resourcefulness or the use of imagination to create a new idea as it relates to projects, energy conservation, or public works operations, management, and technology."

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