The Pleasanton City Council has officially signed off on either building a new skate park or expanding the current facility at Ken Mercer Sports Park.

The city will pay $115,154 to RRM Design Group for conceptual design and public outreach for the park on Hopyard Road.

Children play at the skateboard facility in Ken Mercer Sports Park. The Pleasanton City Council has hired a consultant to work on design plans for a larger skate park. (Photo courtesy of skatenorcal.com)

Pleasanton recognized it needed a new facility seven years ago in its 2014 Parks and Recreation Master Plan, identifying it “as one of the City of Pleasanton’s more significant deficiencies,” according to a staff report.

The plan calls for an acre more of skating space as the city’s population grows. The city determined the new space should be either adjacent to the current facility, or part of a renovation and expansion.

The council allocated $400,000 in its 2019-21 Capital Improvement Program for the expansion, a process expected to take three years. The city looked at similar facilities in Fremont, Milpitas and Newark for design ideas, after getting recommendations from local skatepark advocates. There has also been support at public meetings to name the new facility after late parks and recreation commissioner David Lambert.

The council gave the go-ahead during its March 16 meeting for the design process on its consent calendar without discussion.