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White Sands Skate & Surf:

24201 Valencia Blvd
#1335
Santa Clarita, CA

661.222.9275


editor's note:
Santa Clarita

* Outdoor: 'Crete
* Free
* Trannie / Street
* Rating: As the Scottish say, "It's crrrapp!"

Uff. Santa Clarita park - 12,000 sq. ft of "nice try," completed back in Mar '98.

Here are a few of the things that are wrong w/ this park: 1.) Too small, 2.) The bottom half of the park is built on hill [that's bad], 3.) The smaller fun box has no run up or run out, 4.) The quarter has virtually no deck at all, and finally, 5.) The coping - ahhhhhh!!!

Talking w/ the original designers of this park, we hear this is one of those "designer v. the contractor" fowl-ups. While this design was probably never perfect, a lot of the trouble zones in this park may be indications of a butcher-job by the contractor... experience is everything!

There is some good news in this review. The Site Design Group [480.894.6797], designers of such worthy projects as Chandler, AZ, have been contracted to come in and fix this place. That's pretty amazing.

"We are doing a re-construct/refurbish to Santa Clarita. Basically we are going to make this park much better. Have you seen the current coping? (ugh... metal curbs)."
- SDG

We couldn't have said it better ourselves...

There aren't too many other options nearby, but if you're ready to drive, here's what we got: Simi's SkateLab, Vans Bakersfield, and Camarillo. Out in Ventura you've got Hobart park and SkateStreet. There are also parks in Palmdale, Glendale, Northridge and a new park in Encino to consider...

Directions: Coming from L.A. take Interstate 5 north to the Valencia Boulevard exit, make a right [east]. Continue on Valencia, crossing MacBean Pkwy and Bouquet Cyn, at which point Valencia becomes Soledad Cyn Rd. A few miles down Soledad you'll hit the interestion of Reuther/Golden Triangle where you'll make a right and cross the railroad tracks [look for the signs]. Make another right on Golden Valley Rd and head up the hill for approx. 1/2 mile. The park is up there, way the hell in back of some warehouses.

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^ Santa Clarita's "metal curbs..."
That shadow is way too long



^ One kid called
this park a "miniature
golf course" - ouch!



^ This section slopes
down toward that qtr



^ An anorexic fruit-
booter on a diet
couldn't sesh this
qtr without hanging up
on the other kids



^ "Bikes don't f**k
up skateparks!"
Sure they don't...



^ The tech stuff
is a little better
here



^ The biggest bowl


^ The park is
*way* up the hill
from Soledad... look
for these signs



^ Pads, etc.


^ Kids only times
in effect



[ click pix to enlarge ]



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