Lodi teens on winter break who love to skate will have to find another place to ride their boards for the time being. The city of Lodi’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department announced Dec. 19 that Kofu Skate Park will be closed until further notice.
Michael Reese, the department’s recreation supervisor, said the closure will allow the city to make general repairs to the park’s heavily-used equipment.
“It had gotten to the point where there were many unsafe ramps and partitions at the park,” he said. “This was due to just a lot of heavy wear, and it raised some safety concerns for us.”
Reese said the department is looking to get money for the repairs from the city’s budget. He said a proposal will be made in January.
When funds are secured, it is still uncertain how long will take to make the necessary repairs, Reese said.
He added it was expected to cost less than $7,000 to make the repairs, and the recreation department has already identified some $3,500 to purchase the necessary materials.
Built in 2001 at 1145 S. Ham Lane, Kofu Skate Park is typically open from 2 p.m. to sunset on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to sunset on weekends and holidays.
Reese said the city has seen as least two dozen skaters each weekday at the park this winter, even in near-freezing temperatures. Weekends have seen nearly 200 skaters at the park, he said.
When the weather is warmer in the spring and summer, Reese said the numbers are much higher.
This is not the first time Kofu Skate Park has been closed.
The park had been closed for a week in early November while the city repaired the Kofu parking lot.
The city closed the park indefinitely in 2006 due to vandalism and unsafe conditions. The park was also closed last year after continuing problems with alcohol, drugs, littering and criminal activity.
The closest skate parks to Lodi are in Stockton, Modesto and Elk Grove.
“It’s too bad this had to happen right before Christmas,” Reese said. “But the good news is we’re going to get material that lasts, and that means the equipment at the park will last longer.”
Residents may call the parks and recreation department at 333-6742 for park updates.