The city of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department has completed a comprehensive renovation project and reopened the Fletcher Park Skate Park at 2200 S. College Drive. Beginning, Saturday, Nov. 19, the Skate Park is open during daylight hours and until 10 p.m.

Although a formal ribbon cutting ceremony is planned in January, the reopening is intended to coincide with the Thanksgiving school vacation for most local students, Nov. 19-27.

The Skate Park has been closed for almost a year while city officials worked with the American Ramp Company to redesign and upgrade the popular outdoor recreation space.

Cost to renovate the Skate Park was $210,000, with most of the funding allocated for popular skater amenities such as a new quarter pipe, skate bench, grind rail, grind box, and a hubba ledge.

New lighting and fencing were also installed to allow extended use hours, and make it safe and convenient for parents to supervise younger children. Protective equipment, including helmets, are required to be worn while in the Skate Park.

Direct questions to the Recreation and Parks Department, 805-925-0951 ext. 2260.