Boyle Heights skaterboarders flipping and (mostly) falling over new Hollenbeck Skate Plaza

Boyle Heights parents better stock up on band aids and the city better boost its insurance coverage in light of the slips and falls seen during this afternoon’s grand opening ceremony for the Hollenbeck Skate Plaza. The new, three-level street skate area on the eastern edge of Hollenbeck Park replaces a pre-fabricated facility, said Rick Cocoa, spokesman for Councilman Jose Huizar, who was on hand for the grand opening in addition to pro skateboarder Pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek. The neighborhood skateboarders, however, did not need a grand opening ceremony to break in the 14,000-square-foot plaza, designed and built by California SkateParks. In fact, one person familiar with the $350,000 project said workers had to spread sand across the area to deter the skaters during construction. That trick didn’t work, however. “The kids came out with brooms to clean it up.”

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