Oceanside Eyes Skatepark Plans

A $10 million recreational center including a water park,skateboard park and an Olympic-size swimming pool could be part of the future of Oceanside, CA.

In January, the City Council is scheduled to decide if it wants tohire a consultant to help plan such a facility. The center, proposed by city staff, also would contain a gymnasium toreplace the aging oceanfront center that would be razed if ManchesterResorts builds a luxury hotel at the beach.

Even if the hotel is not built, the Beach Community Center, which containsthe gym, may be replaced. City officials have said the prime coastallocation could be put to better use. The center would be built on eight acres on the southwest corner of FoussatRoad and the San Luis Rey River levee. The land is owned by the city,Deputy City Manager Steve Jepsen said, and there is a good chance the citycould get a 4 percent loan from the state to build the complex.

He estimated construction costs would be between $8.2 million and $10million. If the council decides to go ahead with the planning process, publichearings will be held. Chris Hazeltine, the project manager for the city, said a bicycle-racingtrack and a rock-climbing wall also have been suggested.

“I think it’s a real good opportunity and I wish it would have come earlierin my kids’ lives,” said Jepsen, who has a 16-year-old daughter and an11-year-old son.

Parking would be available, at least during dry weather, in an areareserved as a detention basin for storm waters during the rainy season. He anticipates user fees charged at the center would be enough to cover theloan payment and operating costs.

“We hope to support this from revenues that are affordable for Oceansideresidents,” Jepsen said, adding that the water park probably would charge$7 or $8 per person and the skate arena and gymnasium about $2 per use.


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