Yesterday was a somber day for the skateboarding community: Three months after Caltrans tore down The Spot, a popular skate park built on state-owned property in West Oakland in 2009, the agency made good on its promise to demolish the nearby Bordertown skate park near the Oakland-Emeryville border. Both parks have sparked fierce debate over the rights of skaters to appropriate the otherwise underutilized spaces for recreational purposes, with Caltrans citing liability concerns and park supporters countering that the parks were a positive addition to an otherwise desolate area.
As the Express previously reported, the transit agency sent demolition notices for both structures to both Oakland and Emeryville city officials in July. And while The Spot was demolished in late August, Caltrans public information officer Robert Haus said at the time that it would take an outside contractor (at a then-undetermined date) to safely remove the more elaborate Bordertown structure, which was built up onto MacArthur Maze freeway structure.
A small group of skateboarders congregated yesterday morning to witness the long-promised removal of their park, which can be seen here.