Skate Park Boosts Pharr Recreation


Skate Park Boosts Pharr Recreation

Victor Garcia Skate ParkA one-acre blast of fun is now part of the City of Pharr’s park system.

The Victor Garcia Skate Park has been a long-awaited addition to the city and its young skateboarders. Officials say the V-shaped layout skate park gives Pharr’s recreational offerings a big boost.

“This skate park was built based off of ideas put forth by our own kids and skating enthusiasts,” said Sergio Alanis, director of the city’s parks and recreation department. “We couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out.”

The skate park opened in early March of this year at Victor Garcia Memorial Park at 205 W. Polk. Alanis says a key element of the skate park is its two legs. They can be ridden independently or together for an extended run in what he describes as being “a good flow.”

There are also rails and raised platforms. Skateboarders can peruse both to climb, jump and use the various skills of their sport. The skate park was designed with the option to be a first phase. There is space available to expand its size in the future.

“The key features are challenging, yet safe (with) ramps, rails, stairs and straightaways that would be envy of any skateboard master looking for a great place to perform,” said city spokesman Gary Rodriguez. “We invite all skateboard enthusiasts to check your hardware, tighten your axle and come do a few Ollies at our park.”

Victor Garcia Skate Park

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