photos by Jessica Breaux

Catching Air

Among 92130’s many parks and open-air spaces is one unique resource for the local community: the Carmel Valley Skate Park. The park, designed with the help of professional skater Chris Miller, features a large concrete bowl, ditch run, railings, stairs, banks, and ledges that allow for a challenging and fun skating session. The park is also host to various programs, camps, and contests throughout the year. In fact, local skaters consider it one of the best in San Diego County! Join us as we speak with Area Manager Angelina Black to find out more.

Q&A with Area Manager Angelina Black 


Can you give us a brief history of the Carmel Valley Skate Park? 
The Carmel Valley Skate Park officially opened to the public on November 22, 2008. Solana Beach-based SITE Design Group, Inc. designed the approximately 15,000-square-foot skateboarding area under the direction of lead designer Kanten Russell. The entire park covers 33,000 square feet.

What are some features at the park available to skaters? 
A unique bowl design with tile and pool coping, granite ledges, and a stamped brick concrete bank to simulate a variety of depths for skaters to enjoy. The park also includes a street course that features a small ditch run and steps.

Please tell us about Chris Miller’s involvement in designing the skate park. What was his role in the project and how did he become involved?
SITE Design Group worked alongside skateboard legend Chris Miller to create a unique and challenging bowl design complete with distinct tile and coping. The skate park received the Honor Award from San Diego Imperial Counties Chapter of American Public Works Association.


How was/is the park funded?
Carmel Valley Facilities Benefit Assessment funds were used for the development of this park. Ongoing maintenance and operations are funded through the the City of San Diego’s general fund.

What are your responsibilities in your position? 
I am an area manager with the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department. My areas of responsibility include recreation and maintenance operations for the Carmel Valley and Torrey Hills communities. I manage the Carmel Valley Recreation Center and Ocean Air Recreation Center, as well as many neighborhood parks and joint-use sites in conjunction with the local school districts.

The Carmel Valley Skate Park is one of my responsibilities where my staff and I ensure that the skate park remains safe and enjoyable for those individuals that visit the premises on a daily basis. This includes daily maintenance and upkeep. We promote safe skateboarding through our seasonal program brochure and hold skateboarding classes through the Carmel Valley Recreation Center.



Name: Angelina Black
Profession: Park and Recreation Area Manager
Community: City of San Diego

What do you most enjoy about your role? What are some challenges 
you face?
I get most satisfaction in providing safe and enjoyable recreation programming opportunities for the community.

Keeping parks maintained is my biggest challenge. With limited budgets, we do our best to keep the playing fields safe and playable. We preserve other park assets to the best of our abilities given watering restrictions and other factors.


Approximately how many skaters visit the park in a given week, month, or year?
The amount of skaters that visit varies based on the weather and the time of year. But we estimate the park averages 100 people daily, which triples during the peak summer months.

Are there fees to use the park?
There is no charge to enjoy the park and it is open to the public.

Are there any special activities or programs available specifically for children, teens, or adults?
There is a wide variety of beginner and advanced programs offered during the fall and winter months. An annual skate contest is held every October by SD Skatelife. During school vacations skateboarding camps are offered to the public at nominal fees.


Why is the skate park an asset to the community?
This park is an asset to the community because it gives patrons a safe and appropriate place to ride their skateboards. People travel from around the region to skateboard at the park and it is frequently listed as one of the top skate parks in the San Diego area by skateboard websites and social media posts.

What’s in store for the future of the park? Future goals, renovations, activities, etc.?
The skate park recently completed a nearly $50,000 renovation to repair the coping and tiles throughout the park.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
Carmel Valley Skate Park is one of only a few lighted skateboard parks in the City of San Diego, which allows patrons to utilize it after school and work during the fall months when the sun sets early. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the year, including holidays.


At-A-Glance | Carmel Valley Skate Park

Address: 12600 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130
Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily
Phone: 858-552-1616