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Santa Maria skateboarders can get some air, grind on a hubba ledge and slide on the grind rail at the city’s refurbished skatepark, which opened Wednesday afternoon.

As part of the city's maintenance schedule, the skatepark -- located off College Drive between the Crossroads Shopping Center and Santa Barbara County Government Center -- received a face-lift this month. The refurbishment cost about $65,000, which came out of the Recreation and Parks Department budget. 

“We replaced all of the previous equipment with new rails to grind on, half pipes and such,” said Jim Davis, Recreation and Parks Department’s park services manager. "The other equipment was a good 15 years old."

Davis said the work started Dec. 4 and wrapped up Tuesday.

Among the new equipment is a quarter pipe and a hubba ledge.

A quarter pipe resembles a cross section of a swimming pool where skaters can perform aerial tricks, while a hubba ledge takes its design from a low brick bench that skaters grind their boards along. 

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While it was closed for renovation, Davis said his department fielded a few calls from local skaters anxious to utilize the park again. 

He added that he hopes everyone enjoys the new equipment and is respectful of it, as well as other users. 

Only skateboards, in-line skates and in-line scooters are allowed on the new equipment, and users are asked to use all the proper safety gear while riding. 

Fletcher Park, which also has a picnic area, walking trail and BMX bicycle track, is open every day until 10 p.m. On rainy days, the park is closed.

Logan B. Anderson covers city government in Santa Maria for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter: @LoganBAnderson.


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