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Councilwoman Marti Emerald announced Tuesday the city has received a grant to build skate parks in City Heights and Linda Vista. The nearly $4.5 million comes from the state Department of Housing and Community Development and will get both parks through design and construction, Emerald said.

City Heights youth have long called for a place to skateboard, framing a sophisticated and persistent campaign around citywide discussions about inequities in park space and street infrastructure.

“Our youth have been working towards getting a skate park in City Heights for quite some time. I would like to thank them for spearheading this effort because without them this would not be possible,” Emerald said in a press release.

The parks will be added to existing public parks Linda Vista Community Park and Park De La Cruz.

Megan Burks

Megan Burks is a reporter for Speak City Heights, a media project of Voice of San Diego, KPBS, Media Arts Center and The AjA Project. You can contact her...

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