In 2007, the City of Solana Beach developed a Master Plan for the whole of La Colonia Park, envisioning elements such as a skateboarding park, an expanded tot lot and a courtyard honoring veterans — the latter of which was completed in 2016.
Anticipated funding from the state of California evaporated in the financial crisis of that era, so the City had to tackle the Master Plan piecemeal. The skatepark remained a priority among residents and an enthusiastic local skating community. A $5,000 donation from the Tony Hawk Foundation kicked off the fund-raising effort. From there, the City received a $100,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant from the county, as well as donations from the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, the Coastal Communities Foundation and a $10,000 gift from the Civic & Historical Society. The Parks and Recreation Commission also raised money through fundraisers at Culture Brewing and the Fire Department hosted a pancake breakfast. Funding for the approximately $1.1 million project was completed from the City’s Capital Improvement Program Fund.
Project architects Van Dyke Landscape Architects gathered input from local skaters for park features, which include a wave-like donor wall displaying the names of individuals, families and businesses that contributed $500 or more. Adjacent to the park is a small basketball/pickleball court and a free-standing nano grid, called EnegiPlant, with WiFi and ports for phone-charging.