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Changing the Derby skatepark

Skaters take issue with planned upgrades to Santa Cruz, Calif., skatepark

Updated: May 1, 2012, 4:33 PM ET
By Keith Hamm | ESPN.com

Within 24 hours of a construction fence going up around Santa Cruz, Calif.'s Derby skatepark last week, local skateboarders gathered to occupy the legendary slab of concrete and get in one last session.

At issue was the city's plan to overlay the park with four inches of fresh, reinforced concrete -- altering the curves and lips of a spot that's been skated continuously since the mid-1970s -- and to do so with little to no input from local skaters.

"Initially, ...

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