Enthusiastic skateboarders were joined Tuesday by Mayor Donald Voss, LCUSD Board President Susan Boyd and members of the city's Parks and Recreation Commission for the dedication of the La Cañada Flintridge Skate Park's new half-pipe — a 20-foot long, roughly 5-foot deep concave metal platform boarders use to launch themselves into jumps and other tricks.
The new half-pipe replaces a smaller version made of wood that had become weathered and warped over the past nine years.
Having a smooth metal surface with regular contours to skate along makes the new half-pipe less challenging for boarders to navigate, especially younger ones, said Tim Shepard, a St. Francis High School graduate who owns Billy's Board Shop in Montrose. Shepard also teaches La Cañada Community Center-sponsored youth skateboarding classes on Saturdays at the skate park.
Also, "You get more speed," said 11-year-old Ethan DeMoulin, a Paradise Canyon Elementary School sixth-grader whose parents prefer him using the skate park to wandering the city looking for unintentional boarders' play areas.