Amid dog-owner protests, City Council refuses to buy bridge providing access to the proposed site, dashing the hopes of area skaters.After refusing to help the YMCA develop a skateboard park adjacent to the dog playground in Laguna Canyon, city officials threw a bone to the skate park's backers on Tuesday.
The council declined to purchase a bridge from Verizon that would have allowed access at the northern end of the Bark Park for skateboarders. But a council subcommittee was created to explore the possibility of smaller skateboard areas in local parks.
The decision on the bridge doomed YMCA plans to build a skateboard facility.
"We envisioned a safe place for kids there," said Larry Nokes, spokesman for the YMCA. "But it has become a turf war with the dog park in which we were unwilling participants."