Skate park closing, city to hold farewell ceremony

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Papa Jack’s Skate Park is closing Oct. 31, and the City of Malibu is hosting a farewell celebration Oct. 1 at the skate park, located at 23415 Civic Center Way. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature games, vendors, raffles, prizes and a DJ.

Food, including D’Amore’s Pizza, will be served for a small fee. A skate board contest will be held for applicants who submit a $5 entry fee.

Facing an Oct. 31 eviction deadline from developer Steve Soboroff, the skate park must either move or close. Soboroff wants to develop a Whole Foods Grocery at the site. City officials have been unable to procure a temporary site to house the skate ramps.

In the press release announcing the farewell ceremony, the city made this statement:

The City has long worked in conjunction with the property owners of the land that has housed Papa Jack’s for the past 12 years. The most recent property owner has chosen to pursue other endeavors and has requested that the skate park relocate.

The City is currently working with the community to find a new location for the skate park. A few potential sites have been identified, and the City looks forward to announcing a new home for the skate park in the future.