Skateboarders no longer have to seek out a place to try the tricks of their sport with true-to-life obstacles available at the newly opened skate plaza at Lime Street Park in Hesperia.


Hesperia Recreation and Park District had its official ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday with the Chamber of Commerce, as well as several members from the community in attendance to celebrate the plaza.


"It's been a long time coming and we're trying to provide them a safe place to do this and not in front of shopping centers and environments that might not be as safe," said Hesperia Recreation and Park District General Manager Lindsay Woods.


Previously, without a place to enjoy the skateboarding sport together, skateboarders practiced in public anywhere they could now, they can come to the plaza, Woods said.


"It's nice to have a recreation spot where youth and adults who skateboard can come and not have to worry about pedestrians or property owners," said Dean Wetter, of San Jacinto, general manager for the Valley Wide Recreation and Park District. "They have a place to call their own."


Although open only a short time, Wetter said the marks show it's already in use and he liked the integration of steps and curbs "real life" things.


The project had been in talks since 2006 as a skate park, but in 2010 at a community meeting skateboarders voiced their desire for a skate plaza instead, according to Woods.


"They wanted street skating, things you typically find out in front of government buildings, shopping centers curbs, rails and stairs," Woods said.


Construction on the plaza began in May with several people helping to complete it, from Pharmacy Board Shop with designs to Kevin Troy Construction with concrete and Western Fabricators with fabrication and metal, according to Woods.


According to Pharmacy owner Donny Damron, he's talked about a place like this for more than a decade with various cities and even had one project that fell through.


"Just wanted a park in this area that's open and fits what's popular with today's skateboarding," Damron said.


"I'm still excited about it," said Bob Chandler, a member of the Hesperia Park and Recreation District's Board of Directors. "I told (Parks and Recreation Supervisor) Don Webb there's those projects that put a smile on your face before they're even done and this is one of those projects."


"It's just another opportunity for the young people to have an activity in the High Desert," Hesperia City Manager Mike Podegracz said. "One thing the High Desert's lacking is activities for youth," he said, with the plaza providing an activity that will benefit the surrounding community as well as Hesperia.


The plaza is located at Lime Street Park, 16292 Lime St. and open from dawn to dusk daily.