Back in the dark days of 2002, the town of San Pedro, along the shores of the massive Port of Los Angeles, had no skateboard park.  There were skateboarders in Pedro for sure, but no place existed for them to call home.  While there had been plans over the years for the local city government and other entities to build a park,  nothing ever came of these things.  It took a group of skateboarders who had skated the bowls of numerous parks worldwide, including the DIY Burnside project up in Oregon, to get the ball rolling and take matters into their own hands.  With basic construction skills and some big cojones, these skaters picked a derelict spot under the 110 Harbor Freeway and started building their park.  No one involved in those first months "under the bridge"  would have ever thought in their wildest dreams that more than a decade later, their park would boast several thousand square feet of concrete bowls and be known as one of the premier DIY skate spots the world over.  Since 2004, the San Pedro Skatepark Association (SPSA) has funded, built, and maintained the Channel Street Skatepark.  We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and everything we do is 100% skateboarder and 100% volunteer.  Starting in 2011, we have overseen the long process of the building of the Peck Park Skatepark here in San Pedro as well.  Still in construction as of this writing, Peck Park's design was created by the SPSA along with skatepark contractor CA Skateparks and legendary pro skateboarder Lance Mountain.  Peck Park is due to open in summer 2014.  Since 2013, the SPSA has partnered with the L.A. city council district 15 , The Port of Los Angeles, and numerous skateboarding companies to sponsor "The San Pedro Shred", a festival showcasing downhill skateboarding along with a ramp/street course area as well as local bands, food trucks and more.  This years San Pedro Shred will take place atop the Gaffey Street lookout point on June 14th.  

SPSA and WSVT crew building the Channel Street square bowl in 2004

SPSA and WSVT crew building the Channel Street square bowl in 2004

Oscar Navarro blasting off under the 110 freeway

Oscar Navarro blasting off under the 110 freeway

Peck Park skatepark in Construction Winter 2014

Peck Park skatepark in Construction Winter 2014

Peck Park snake run in construction, Spring 2014

Peck Park snake run in construction, Spring 2014