The city threw a party: Mayor Claude “Bud” Lewis was there, California State Senator Bill Morrowàƒ,à'who sponsored the AB1296 law that helped make this and many other California skateparks possibleàƒ,à'was there, and the local U.S. Congressman’ s representative came to relay some words of goodwill and throw shakas to the skaters in the crowd.
The softball diamond across the street from the park was lined with tents and booths from local skateboard companies and shops. TransWorld SKATEboarding filled a canopy with magazines, which the crowd depleted, and the gala event allowed skaters to ride in strictly controlled sessions: the Gravity and Envy longboard teams went first, then the twelve-and-under posse, after which a free-for-all ensued on the “low-impact” four-foot banks.
It’s not the Vans Skatepark, and it’s not even a hardcore street skater’s dream, but like most public parks, Carlsbad Skatepark is a friendly place to go roll around and not worry about being harassed or arrested. And while it doesnàƒ,à'¹t cost anything to skate, don’t tell any of the locals who fought city hall that the park is free. They know better.