Public-private partnership is a term that political types bandy about as a salve for various problems that the government cannot easily solve alone. Though we hear this term emerge from the mouths of politicians all of the time, we rarely see it executed in truly meaningful ways.
That's why we must credit Huntington Beach City Hall and Vans for paying more than lip service to this noble but rarely practiced idea and partnering to deliver a world-class skate park that will serve generations of Surf City skaters.
The shoe company and the city deserve credit for — to use a little skater lingo — grinding through all of the red tape to bring the 42,500-square-foot Vans Off the Wall Skatepark to a location on Center Avenue about a mile from Bella Terra. For those who don't recall, the city allowed Vans to lease the 3-acre property for $1 a year if it agreed to build and maintain the $2.5-million park.