Glendale skateboarders must pay fees to keep park open
Local skaters will now have to pay $3 or $4 if they want to use Glendale's Verdugo Skate Park, as budget cuts threaten the popular venue.
The skate park was on the verge of being closed this summer but several members of the City Council objected. The budget for this fiscal year — which shut a $15.4-million gap — left enough money to keep the skate park open only on weekends.
More hours would require a slew of new fees, which the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission unanimously approved Monday, the Glendale News-Press reported.
Currently, only nonresident adults pay a $2 daily fee to use the facility. Under the new fee structure, Glendale residents will have to pay $3 for youths and $4 for adults.
Other new fees include increasing the price of a nonresident adult monthly pass by $25 to $40 and riasing the rates for private skate lessons by $10 to $40 per hour. New annual passes for residents — $50 for youth, $75 for adults — were also approved.
The changes will take effect Oct. 1.
In addition to the fee changes, the city will shorten the park's hours, opening one hour later and closing one hour earlier weekdays. It will now be open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
There are four other staffed skate parks in Southern California that charge a daily fee, according to a city report. Encino charges $1 per month. Burbank has daily fees in line with Glendale's newly approved charges.
-- Brittany Levine, Times Community News
Photo: Kris Hall, 15, skates at Verdugo Skate Park in Glendale on Friday. Credit: Cheryl Guerrero / Times Community News