SAN CLEMENTE (CBSLA) — A popular skatepark in San Clemente was filled with sand to discourage skaters from using it during the coronavirus pandemic and to promote social distancing.

San Clemente had shut down all its parks and facilities on April 1 under the state’s stay-at-home orders, but skaters ignored signs warning against trespassing at the Ralphs Skate Court, 241 Avenida La Pata.

Since park facilities have been closed city officials say they routinely saw people visit the skatepark, even by some children accompanied with their parents, according to the San Clemente Times. City officials told the newspaper they followed in the footsteps of other cities, and filled the skatepark with 37 tons of sand.

The nonprofit group that has raised money to support the skatepark, however, says the city made the decision to fill the skatepark with sand without notifying them first.

Comments (145)
  1. higgins says:

    Scratch a liberal, reveal a tyrant.

    1. Marc Barrett says:

      Scratch a Republican, reveal a psychopathic murderer.
      There are many thousands of nursing homes all over the country. If even one person (staff or resident) comes down with this virus, there can be upwards of 50% fatalities at that facility. You Republicans will be guilty of many tens of thousands of deaths among the elderly when this is over. If having compassion for the elderly makes me a “snowflake”, then a “snowflake” I truly am!!

      1. Clean Willie says:

        Mark Barrett, please retreat to your safe space, where there are coloring books and stuffed animals for you and there is no risk of anything bad ever happening. Cause that’s the real world, right?

      2. Brandy Lopez Barbee says:

        Pretty sure skateboarding doesn’t require close contact

      3. William M. Sullivan says:


    2. higgins's brain says:

      Scratch a conservative, reveal a pro-fascism moron.

      1. Fierce Phoenix says:

        It’s hilarious to watch Democrats suspend civil rights and call their opposition, Repubilcans and centrists alike, pro-fascist. Its like Democrats know absolutely nothing about civil rights or politics, which completely explains why their candidates are so clueless on policy. Could you make it any easier for us centrists to vote Republican in November?

  2. Scott McCloud says:

    a people always get the government they deserve.

  3. askeptic says:

    Commissar-Governor Nuisance commands, San Clemente apparatchiks respond.

  4. TheDude says:

    Is there a shortage of tar and feathers?

  5. Guy Cocoa says:

    I don’t see the problem here. The authorities decided they would rather have a beach than a skate park and they delivered. Stop complaining, get your swimsuit and sand toys and hit the new beach. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

  6. Elijah Buchanan says:

    Teenage me used to do a little skateboarding. Teenage me would have come back with a shovel, a broom, and convinced others to do the same. Then spray painted the anarchy symbol on something in red.

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