The slow-down of residential development in Hesperia has meant the delay of a planned skate park for the city's skateboarders.

"If you remember a couple years ago, we were in the planning stages of the park," said Cal Camara, General Manager of the Hesperia Recreation and Park District.
"It was going to be state of the art, tournament quality. We were going to have a nice one, so that not only was it usable for those in our local area, we could also generate some revenue by holding events."

The district was planning a number of major parks at the time, including the John Swisher Center at Hesperia Lake, Malibu Park, Hesperia Civic Park, Mojave Park and a soccer complex.

"With the economy [in such bad shape], it's really kind of slashed our capital budget," Camara said. "It's chopped it up in pieces, because most of our capital comes from growth and developer's fees."

The skate park is still in line behind Mojave Park.

But the district has a Plan B.

"What we're looking at are a couple of smaller parks. They won't be state of the art and tournament quality, but they'll be perfect for our neighborhoods," Camara said. "It's better to work on something now and have something than hope for something in the future."

The issue will be raised at the next meeting of the park board, on August 13 meeting, 7 p.m. at the Lime Street Park Community Center, 166292 Lime Street.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.