On May 27, 2014, Mayor Judy Ritter, Deputy Mayor John Aguilera, and our City Council Members: Amanda Rigby, Dave Cowles and Cody Campbell gave a unanimous positive vote for not one, but TWO skatepark locations in Vista.
As you may recall, we had another full Council vote in February of this year, for two park locations, and after public response, updated one of the locations to another (and bigger, better!) spot. We now have our two location addresses and are already beginning the Grant and funding process!!!
On behalf of the Vista Skatepark Coalition Board and Members, we wish to express our sincere gratitude to the Mayor, Council, City Manager, Parks & Recreation and the numerous City Staff Members, who have made this possible for the youth of our City.
March 16, 2014 - The Vista Skatepark Coalition skated for the second year, at the North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We were joined by some of our Friends from the Boys & Girls Club of Vista, it was awesome fun!
Thank you to our sponsors, the Vista Village Business Association, The Vista Skatepark Coalition and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, as well as Don Hein of Little Cakes for the Queen’s refreshments and Dragonfire Designs – Robin Satori, Artist, for creating the Queen and Queen Mother’s jewelry.
The Queen cannot wait to meet and greet everyone at this Sunday’s North County St. Patrick’s day Parade & Festival!
March 7, 2014
The Vista Skatepark Coalition attended and were proud sponsors of the Vista National Little League 60th Anniversary Opening Day! What an awesome event, School of Rock performed, there was great food, a raffle, Marie Joyce from Senator Wyland's office, Mayor Judy Ritter, and Deputy Mayor, John Aguilera threw out the first pitch. Supporting youth in sports!!
March 1, 2014
The Vista Skatepark Coalition attended and were proud sponsors of the 2014 Vista Strawberry Pageant, our congratulations to the new Queen and her Court: Michaela Leonardi, Karissa Hernandez, Bianca Salgado, Choloe Sauls and Kalya Anderson. Supporting Vista's youth!
October 25, 2013 - The Vista Skatepark Coalition hosted another “Create-A-Skate” workshop at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista. Using the skateboard decks the Club kids painted with us in May, we taught them how to safely grip tape a skateboard, and get creative with color! We would like to thank our awesome sponsors, Excess Skateboards and 1313 SK8’s, for their generous donations. And many thanks to Mayor Judy Ritter for attending, and to Miss Vista, Helen Rigby and Miss Teen Vista, Maggie Saffarian for their help!
October 24, 2013 – Please join The Vista Skatepark Coalition in congratulating President Jack Flaherty in being named Co-Chairman of Bike Walk Vista. Jack has been a member of the Committee since it began over the summer. Walk San Diego and the VVBA were instrumental in bringing citizens together, to be the advocates and voice of the community for the upcoming Bike Master Plan, and alternate transportation considerations.
We wish to thank our drive sponsor, and the wonderful staff members at the Vista Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber was very supportive during the Coalition Book Drive for the Kiwanis of Sunrise Vista. The Chamber was the first to have a collection box in support of the event. Thank you Chamber! Support like yours makes our events a success! The Coalition honored the Chamber with a Certificate of Appreciation, presented October 3, 2013.
During August and September, the Vista Skatepark Coalition Members hosted a children’s book drive, benefitting Vista school kids; for the Kiwanis of Sunrise Vista’s book "hope chest.” The Coalition delivered our book collection to the Kiwanis on October 2, 2013, with a total of 147 books! We wish to thank our drive sponsors, and the wonderful staff members at: Wells Fargo Business Banking Escondido, Vista Chamber of Commerce, Prohibition Brewing Co. Thank you for supporting Vista youth!
While hosting the book drive for the Kiwanis of Sunrise Vista, we received numerous additional books, and it was decided to share with the Boys & Girls Club of Vista. The Coalition delivered our book collection to the Club kid library September 24, 2013, with a total of 133 books! Thank you again to everyone who donated, and to our awesome sponsors! Let’s get kids reading!
Vista Skatepark Coalition President, Jack Flaherty, volunteered at the 4th Annual Moonlight Cultural Foundation Golf Classic, Monday, September 30, 2013; benefit the Moonlight Cultural Foundation. It was a great event including Golf, dinner, a silent auction and much more. Thank you to the Foundation for this great volunteer opportunity! Jack and Vista City Council Member Dave Cowles enjoying the event!
The Vista Skatepark Coalition attended the Boys & Girls Club of Vista’s annual “Day for Kids,” Saturday, September 21, 2013. This year’s theme was “Pledge to Play,” with games, art, music, food, a carnival and tons of fun!
We hosted a booth with skate art projects, painting neat finger boards the kids got to keep!
Even Sparky from the Fire Department painted with us!
The Vista Skatepark Coalition was invited to present to the Vista Rotary Club on September 10, 2013. The Coalition presented an introduction to our Organization as well as our Skateable Art Concepts slide show to the Members. We appreciate the opportunity to meet with the Rotary, for their positive comments, and their commitment to writing letters on behalf of the Coalition. We wish to thank the Members for allowing us to present to them, and for their support.
The Vista Skatepark Coalition was invited to present to the Gang Prevention Committee on September 5, 2013. A new Coalition presentation, “Why are Skateparks Beneficial to Communities” was shown to the Committee. Hosted by City of Vista’s Kathy Valdez, the Committee includes staff from Lifeline, Vista Community Clinic, the Sheriff’s Department Gang Prevention Task Force, the Probation Department, Child Welfare Services, and VUSD schools. We wish to thank Kathy for this awesome opportunity to address this vital Committee.
“A 5 year Anniversary”
The original Vista Skatepark was closed on August 8, 2008 for the new Civic Center to be constructed. The old Skatepark, built in 1997, was very popular and frequented by many.
Over the past couple of years, the Vista Skatepark Coalition has become a Non Profit Corporation, members of the Vista Chamber of Commerce, and has participated in City Council meetings, Parks and Recreation meetings, and numerous community events. Including the Vista Chamber of Commerce, Vista Village Business Association, the Boys and Girls Club of Vista, The Pride of Vista Lions, Kiwanis of Sunrise Vista, and many, many more community Organizations and businesses.
The Coalition Members continue their community outreach at Vista community events, volunteering for local organizations, hosting skateboard classes and art at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista. Holding book drives, toy drives, and donation collections for various Organizations including Kiwanis of Sunrise Vista, Operation Hope and the Susan G. Komen Fund to name a few.
The Coalition Board works tirelessly with the City of Vista, the Vista City Council, City Manager, Parks & Recreation Commission and the Vista Chamber of Commerce on plans and options for skateable sculptures, skate dots and skate spots, and ultimately a full skatepark facility for Vista.
While 5 years is a milestone, that time has been well spent working hard for the project, the youth of Vista, and the greater community. We wish to thank the Vista citizens, the Vista Organizations and local businesses and the City Leaders for their continued and unwavering support of the project and the Vista Skatepark Coalition.
The Vista Skatepark Coalition attended the 11th annual National Night Out, Walk Against Crime on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. The City of Vista and the Vista Sheriffs' Department hosted the community event; including music with the live band "Â Los Gatos Blancos", and learning about crime prevention and local resources at various information booths. Vista joined communities across the nation in celebrating National Night Out. This annual event brings neighbors and communities together.
The Vista Skatepark Coalition wishes to thank Vista City Councilman Dave Cowles, and Councilman Cody Campbell for their support; and recently attending our Create-A-Skate and Build-A-Skate Workshops at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista. Coalition Members Jack and Lyssa Flaherty recently presented Council Members with Certificates of Appreciation and a framed photo collage of the events. Thank you both, you have our sincere appreciation for your time and support!
July 23, 2013 - The Vista Skatepark Coalition invited some of the children from the Boys & Girls Club of Vista, to paint a “Chair for Charity” together. The kids did an awesome job painting with us, they had a great theme, “Hearts & Hands,” and they worked very hard. Thank you kids, we are so proud of you!
July 23, 2013 - The Vista Skatepark Coalition invited some of the children from the Boys & Girls Club of Vista, to paint a “Chair for Charity” together. “Chairs for Charity” is an event sponsored by Art Beat on Main Street, Vista Art Foundation, the Wellness Center and local businesses; to help raise funds for art supplies for local Vista charities. They are on display in Art Beat and other businesses along Main Street for silent auction. The final auction will be held on August 3rd at the Smokin’ BBQ Cookoff. Be sure to bid on our chair!
July 20, 2013 - The Vista Skatepark Coalition attended the Vista Historical Society Ice Cream Social. Thank you to the Society and its Members for the wonderful sweet treats, it was a lovely event! Miss Teen Vista, Maggie Saffarian, serving ice cream to Coalition President, Jack. We would like to thank everyone who visited with us and caught up on the Skatepark project. We appreciate the positive comments and support!
We wish to thank the Club and Members for their support during our events, their generous donations at our Boys & Girls Club skate workshops, and allowing the Pride of Vista Queens and Princesses to volunteer with us.
Your partnership is greatly appreciated!
July 6, 2013 – The Vista Skatepark Coalition participated in the Bike Friendly Vista “Crafty Ride” celebrating the 4th of July Holiday weekend! We decorated our bikes and rode through downtown to create awareness. The Coalition is keeping involved with the Bike Friendly Vista, Bike/Walk (Skate) Vista Organizations, and SANDAG, to ensure that skateboarding continues to be considered as an alternate sport and mode of transportation; especially as the Inland Rail Trail is planned through Vista.
June 27, 2013 - The Vista Skatepark Coalition attended a Bike/Walk Vista meeting, June 27, 2013, presented by Bike/Walk Vista and the City of Vista. The Coalition wants to be involved with this Committee, to ensure that Officials consider “ALL WHEELED” pathways, open to not only bikes and walkers, but also skateboards, skates, scooters, etc. During this meeting, we took a “fieldtrip” walk to Santa Fe to observe traffic and discuss the upcoming changes to that street.
Friday, June 21 – National GO SKATEBOARDING DAY! The Vista Skatepark Coalition hosted another “Create-A-Skate” workshop and Learn to Skate session at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista. Coalition President, Jack and Coalition Secretary Lyssa with the Club kids and some finished skateboard decks. We had a great time learning to do grip tape!
Check out our photo page for more great pics of the event!
Miss and Mr. Vista and Miss Pride of Vista members volunteered with us and helped with the raffle, silent auction and awards presentations! Special thanks to Miss Vista Helen Rigby, Miss Teen Vista Maggie Saffarian, Princess Wendy Martinez, Prince Michael Sterling, and to Miss Teen Pride of Vista Alondra Alanis and Princess Karissa Hernandez – for making it a great day!
May 26, 2013, the Vista Skatepark Coalition had a booth and big parking lot demo at the Vista Strawberry Festival. The Members had a great time putting on a demo for the massive crowd! Thank you to everyone that stopped by our table and signed up, took info, bought t-shirts and showed us support! And thank you to all the Princesses (past and present) for dropping by to skate with us! It was an awesome event!
May 18, 2013, please join us in Congratulating the Boys & Girls Club of Vista, 2013 “Have a Heart for Kids” award winner Jack Flaherty of the Vista Skate Park Coalition, "one day Vista will have a skatepark and it will be due in part to the dedicated efforts of this special individual." Jack is pictured receiving his award from Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Matt Koumaras.
May 18, 2013, please join us in Congratulating the Boys & Girls Club of Vista, 2013 “Have a Heart for Kids” award winner Jack Flaherty of the Vista Skate Park Coalition- one day Vista will have a skatepark and it will be due in part to the dedicated efforts of this special individual. Jack is pictured left with his wife Lyssa and Boys & Girls Club Board Member Dan Villasenor.
May 18, 2013 - Art Beat on Main Street in Vista, Coalition President, Jack, pictured with his piece done by feature Artist Heather Torres. Please drop by Art Beat and check out her incredible "Imagination" series. Thank you Heather! It was an honor to be a part of your awesome work!
May 15, 2013, The Vista Skatepark Coalition introduced our Organization and the skatepark project to the Kiwanis Club of Sunrise Vista. Thank you to all the Members for allowing us to visit, and for breakfast and their pledge of support for the project. We greatly appreciate your time!
May 14, 2013, The Vista Skatepark Coalition presented Certificates of Appreciation to Vista City Councilwoman Amanda Rigby and City Councilman John Aguilera, for their support and assistance with our “Build-A-Skate” Workshop held at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista in March. We greatly appreciate your time and support!
May 10, 2013, The Vista Skatepark Coalition – Strawberry Festival Committee Member Jack , and Vista Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Lyssa – took Barry the Strawberry and the Miss Vistas downtown promoting the upcoming Strawberry Festival, and our great Strawberry Drop contest. Thank you to Strawberry Princess AKA Miss Vista Helen Rigby, and Miss Teen Vista Maggie Saffarian, and Cindy Tyler from the Pageant Staff for all their help! Barry had an awesome adventure!
May 8, 2013, The Vista Skatepark Coalition attended the Vista Chamber of Commerce May Sundowner at First National Bank of Southern California. Sundowners are a great place to meet people and tell them about the skatepark project. We had a super time with Barry the Strawberry, getting ready for the Strawberry Festival!
The Coalition donated one of the raffle prizes for the Sundowner.
May 4, 2013, The Vista Skatepark Coalition were proud scholarship sponsors of the Miss Vista Pageant. Congratulations to Miss Vista Helen Rigby, Miss Teen Vista Maggie Saffarian and their courts: Naomi Wade, Melissa Cortes, Kelly Barnes, Michelle Franco, AJ Maloney, Wendy Martinez, Amber Smith and Bri Molina!
May 4. 2013, The Vista Skatepark Coalition were proud scholarship sponsors of the Miss Vista Pageant. The Coalition wishes a heartfelt farewell to outgoing Miss Vista 2012, and new honorary Coalition Member, Courtney Harr. Her support and volunteer work for our Organization has been greatly appreciated.
May 4, 2013, The Vista Skatepark Coalition attended the Boys & Girls Club of Vista Cinco de Mayo Celebration. There was so much to do with great food, music, dancing, and a kids carnival. We were lucky enough to spend some time with Miss Pride of Vista, Jordyn Kogler, and Miss Teen Pride of Vista Alondra Alanis. We had an awesome day!
Miss Pride of Vista Queens Jordyn and Alondra working the front entrance to the event.
Jordyn and Alondra with the entire dance troop.
Raul and Alondra holding the event raffle.
Alondra with the raffle grand prize winner.
And we got to spend time with our family friends!
May 1, 2013
The Vista Skatepark Coalition hit the Coach House for another killer concert! Legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde, (lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne for over 20 years, and currently Black Label Society) performed the final show of this “Bringing Metal to the Children” tour. With book reading, stories, and a Q & A. This was a once in a lifetime chance to see him perform up close and personal……literally! He was amazing!! Truly one of the best guitarists ever!
April 20, 2013
The Vista Skatepark Coalition attended the Robert Freeman art showing at Art Beat on Main Street. Mr. Freeman is a Native American master artist and print maker. During the showing, he gave us demonstrations of his etching process. The music of the evening was CloudFeather, featuring VVBA President, Mario Carrillo and his family. A beautiful blend of Native American music with a contemporary folk pop sound.
April 19, 2013
The Vista Skatepark Coalition attended the Heroes of Vista Gala, Friday April 19, 2013. Our congratulations to all the award recipients. With a special “well deserved” to Mr. Norm Halus, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
April 18, 2013
The Vista Skatepark Coalition attended the annual Soroptimist Salad Bar Luncheon, celebrating 60 years! It was a lovely event, with many community leaders serving up delicious salads of all kinds, a fun raffle and all supporting girls and young women in our community!
April 13, 2013
The Vista Skatepark Coalition attends the Vista Arts Foundation Plein Air Outing and Earth Day Festival at Alta Vista Gardens. What an awesome event! Thank you to everyone that took the time to speak with us, we appreciate your positive comments and support for the project.
April 13, 2013, the Vista Skatepark Coalition attended the Miss Strawberry Festival Pageant. And amazing 34 wonderful ladies turned out to compete for the Vista Strawberry Queen title. Our congratulations to every one of you, you all did such a great job! Our special congratulations to Miss Stephanie Packard, the 2013 Strawberry Festival Queen, and her court: Princess Pilar Altman, Princess Aliah Williamson, Princess Helen Rigby and Princess Angie Geck!