Applaud Vans for Plans to Build Free Skate Park in Huntington Beach

Target: Skate apparel company Vans

Goal: Thank the company for restoring skate culture in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach has been a hub for surf and skate culture since its rocket into the mainstream during the 1970s. The Murdy Skate Park was once a staple among skaters just starting out, including big name pro skaters like Ed Templeton and Dylan Reider. Built in 1993 by the former principle of Huntington Beach High School in order to redirect young skaters away from skating on school grounds, this park had become a bit of a landmark among locals for its reputation as the park the pros cut their teeth on. However, it is now nothing more than a legend since its demolition in 2008 in favor of building a larger stadium for the adjacent high school. The end of such an influential era for skaters was a devastating blow and for years, kids have been without access to a free skate park in their area: until now.

Popular skate company Vans has agreed to build a three-acre skate park in Huntington Beach that will be free to the public and the only free skate park Vans has ever built. Although there are 18 cities in Orange County that have skate parks, many are not free and not close enough for kids in Huntington Beach to get to. This park is a huge win for Huntington Beach youth and Vans should be commended for attempting to restore the friendly and legal skate culture that is so vital in this region.

Please do your part in thanking Vans for understanding the value of a safe, legal, and free place for children and teens to skate and for sticking to their roots despite the company’s huge mainstream success. This skate park will deter kids from skating in unauthorized areas and in turn, help keep them out of trouble. Finally, Huntington Beach will once again possess their duality as Surf AND Skate City USA.


Dear Vans,

I am writing in reference to your plans to construct a free skate park in Huntington Beach to fill the void left after the demolition of Murdy Skate Park.

I would like to thank you for understanding the value of having an open and safe area for youth to skate in and commend you for footing the bill so the kids can profit, so to speak. It is refreshing to know that despite your company’s huge success, you are still able to hearken back to your roots and create a space for tomorrow’s pros to improve their skill.

Although there are several skate parks in Orange County, including your first location in Orange, providing a park that is free of charge and in close proximity to our Huntington Beach youth is a monumental step in restoring the skate culture that was so strong during the 1990s and early 2000s. This letter is merely to thank you for the generosity you have displayed by agreeing to spearhead this park project.

We all look forward to seeing this project’s completion and I’m sure the kids look forward to dropping in free of charge and free of fear.


[Your Name Here]

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