California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

District 4 - Bay Area - Public Affairs Office
Lauren Wonder, Caltrans (510) 710-5891
Carlos Plazola, Office of De La Fuente, (510) 207-7238
Tony Moriano, Bordertown State Park, (415) 424-1516

September 29, 2005 


Oakland—Signing an innovative pact today, Caltrans and the City of Oakland formally entered into a unique lease agreement making Caltrans land under Interstate 580 available for a skate park serving Oakland youth. The city intends to sublease the land to a non-profit skate park operator.

Caltrans District 4 Director Bijan Sartipi and Oakland City Administrator Deborah Edgerley signed the lease agreement Wednesday afternoon.

“This unusual use of state land provides a recreational opportunity for West Oakland youth and helps keep the area litter free,” said Sartipi.

The lease agreement provides the City of Oakland use of the land for two-and-a-half years for $100 total and provides for an option to renew the lease for two-and-a-half years. The lease also requires the Bordertown skate park non-profit to adopt an area in the neighborhood and pick up litter and debris.

“Finally we can put Oakland on the map with a skate park that will provide young people a positive and constructive alternative,” said De La Fuente. “It’s gratifying to see that the state and city could both compromise to reach a workable solution for the benefit of all parties.”

Oakland will enter into a sublease with the Bordertown skate park non-profit that will enable skaters to build out the park to 10,000 square feet, protect the state from liability through Oakland’s pre-existing $25 million general liability coverage, and require the non-profit to retain additional liability coverage for $2.5 million to cover Oakland’s deductible. Furthermore, the skaters will be responsible for demolishing the skate park once it’s no longer in use. -more-

“This facility has long been needed, and we’re proud that we could be a part of this monumental agreement,” said Tony Moriano, park co-founder.

“Although Caltrans does not condone illegal encroachment on state property, this is an example of our commitment to this partnership—working hard with our local agencies to find an innovative solution to a difficult problem,” said Sartipi.

When the presence of the skate park was discovered, De La Fuente and other state and federal elected officials, including Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator Don Perata, Assemblywoman Wilma Chan, Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, and the community began negotiations with Caltrans to work out an arrangement to preserve this resource for recreation.

“I am so pleased that Caltrans and the City of Oakland have worked quickly to preserve Bordertown Skate Park. We can’t afford to lose one inch of recreational space for our young people,” said Boxer.

“Oakland is a great city, with great people, and we’re proud to have been able to capture the creative energy of our local youth, and save something they took the initiative to create,” said De La Fuente.