It took months of planning and input from the youth and community members, and on January 29, the Fresno Building Healthy Communities (Fresno BHC) began breaking ground on the new Fresno BHC Skate Park at Romain Park in central Fresno. Fresno BHC does this alongside the SLS Foundation, The California Endowment, California Skateparks, and the City of Fresno.

Sandra Celedon-Castro, Hub Manager for Fresno BHC, said "Parks improve health in a variety of ways, and for skaters, the Fresno BHC Skate Park at Romain will give them a safe place to play. We are proud to partner with the City of Fresno, the SLS Foundation, and California Skateparks to bring a new skatepark to our city and do our part to create more and better parks in neighborhoods that need them most."

"Thanks to the generous support of The California Endowment and the hard work of the Romain Park community, Fresno BHC, California Skateparks and the City of Fresno, we're excited to break ground on another amazing SLS Foundation Certified Street Plaza at Romain Park this Friday," said Josh Friedberg, Executive Director of the SLS Foundation. "It's our honor to bring a world-class skatepark to the youth of central Fresno as part of The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative."

The 15,000 square foot Fresno BHC Skate Park at Romain will tentatively open in May 2016. Stay tuned for more details about the park coming soon.