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By Allison Jarrell

After reviewing eight requests for proposals submitted to the city, officials announced the selection of consultant Spohn Ranch to work on the conceptual design for a future skatepark at the San Juan Capistrano Sports Park.

The City Council voted April 19 to allocate $25,000 from the parks in lieu fund to issue a Request for Proposals for an initial skatepark design concept. Following that vote, a subcommittee, consisting of Mayor Pro Tem Kerry Ferguson and Parks, Recreation, Senior & Youth Services Commissioner Gerald Muir, was created in order to work closely with city staff, Capistrano Grind skatepark organizers and youth groups such as the Youth Advisory Board and Great Opportunities. Capistrano Grind organizer Nathan Banda said the committee reviewed eight RFPs submitted, narrowing it down to two that Ferguson and Muir selected from.

Spohn Ranch founder Aaron Spohn has been working with the city on skatepark ideas since 2006, when building a skatepark was first listed as a city priority. Banda said Spohn Ranch’s RFP “really showed their dedication” to the project and community outreach.

Residents will have opportunities to provide their input at workshops in the near future—exact dates, times and location to be determined. Banda said the goal is to have a design completed in about two months, which could then be presented to potential donors.

For more information on skatepark progress and future meetings, contact the city’s Community Services Department at 949.443.6388, follow Capistrano Grind Skatepark on Facebook or email Banda at


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