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New skate park under construction in Linda Vista

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - City of San Diego officials Monday celebrated the start of construction on a $3.8 million skate park in Linda Vista that they say will be the county's largest.

The 34,000-square foot Linda Vista Skate Park is being fully funded by grants from the Tony Hawk Foundation and the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

According to the website CaliforniaSkateParks.com, the facility will take advantage of the natural terrain to include -- in skating parlance -- a snaking ditch run, flow bowl, backyard bowl, competition-sized vert bowl and a transition snake run featuring a signature full-pipe.

"Not only are Linda Vista residents getting the skate park they've always wanted, they're getting the largest skate park in the entire county," Mayor Kevin Faulconer said.

"This is just one way we're working with every community to deliver the neighborhood infrastructure and amenities they deserve," Faulconer said. "This skate park will be a major asset to Linda Vista and I know it will become a destination for skaters throughout San Diego."

Councilman Scott Sherman said the desire for a skate park was the first issue that Linda Vista residents approached him about after he was elected in 2012.

"After nearly four years of hard work from the community, the mayor's office and city staff, it is truly gratifying to be here to break ground on this important community asset," Sherman said.

The skate park is scheduled to open next summer, according to the mayor's office.

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