The cry of "There's nothing to do in the High Desert" may soon come to end for some people, as a group of visionaries work to bring a skate plaza to Hesperia.
Pharmacy Board Shop and Kevin Troy Construction have teamed up to design an 8,000-square-foot facility at Lime Street Park, where skaters will have the opportunity to show off their boarding skills.
Bob Chandler, a member of the Hesperia Recreation and Park District and skate committee, said the district is excited about the plaza and is 100 percent behind the project.
"Both Kelly Gregg and I remain committed in working with individuals who are very experienced in skateboarding, and are anxious to help construct a skate plaza in Hesperia," Chandler said.
The skate plaza will sit on the former site of the Val Shearer Equestrian Center, which was moved to Hesperia Lake Park in 2011. It may serve as a prototype for future mini-skate plazas at other locations.
Final costs of the project will be determined after design completion and labor and material costs have been calculated, Chandler said.
"Concrete is the big ticket item that we are looking at," Chandler said.
Pharmacy owner Donny Damron, who brought the idea to the district, said the facility will be built with safety and cost effectiveness in mind.
"We are donating a lot of time and money, so we are looking for material and labor," Damron, 35, said. "We're excited that the park district has agreed to do this skate plaza. We should have a design ready by December."
The district is also looking for support from other local businesses and individuals.
Through various partnerships, Chandler said the district remains confident that the project will be built in a quality and cost effective manner, which will meet the needs of the community.
The district is also working toward the reopening of the BMX facility at Live Oak Park, off I Avenue, which has been closed for nearly four years.
"Anything that we can do to keep costs down and to serve the community, we're going to do it," Chandler said.
For more information on supporting the skate plaza, please call contact Donovan Development at (760) 955-9595.
Information on the park district can be found online at www.HesperiaParks.com or by calling (760) 244-5488.
Rene De La Cruz may be reached at (760) 951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.