Monday, February 26, 2007

Santa Cruz unveils $1.3 million skate park

By Shanna McCord
Sentinel staff writer

About 300 people showed up to see what the hype — a full pipe, several bowls, steps, ramps and ledges — was all about.

"It's your park," Mayor Emily Reilly told the crowd. "This is the effort of everybody working together"

Rain forced postponement of the inaugural rides. But less than an hour later, after speeches and accolades from city leaders, the sun came out and skaters were invited to give it a test run.

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Santa Cruz Skate Park

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Friday, February 23, 2007

Santa Cruz Skatepark Grand Opening

Rain or Shine!
Even though it rained hard in the morning. The sun came out in time to dry the park. The stage was set, all booths up, all prizes and a host of local talent and skaters from the Bay area showed up to skate. Even a lone Bell rider Ryan Connors from as far away as Claremont near San Diego. This park is going to be a draw for kids and parents from all over and will be quite the landmark place to skate. It will help step up the caliber of skating in this town.
Thanks to all my Bell Sports work friends for donating product for this event. Terri, Diana, Kyle and Austin for staging the tent and fitting helmets on all the skaters. We had a great turn out. One of the kids that was fitted in a helmet that day ended up being on of the local stand outs at the event.
Zach started the tour. Lisa asked me if they should skate prior to ceremonies? The clouds were coming. I said, Yes. Within a few moments the skaters and photographers were in. The skating was intense and amazing and then the drops of rain started. Lisa made the call everyone out. People went under tents and many did not as the rain came down. The ceremony started it was great to hear all the people that helped and all the team work it took over the years to make it happen. They say it took ten years. I say it took 25 years. Either way I'm stoked for all the kids in this town.

Thanks Steve, Dannette, Crystal, Lisa, Trink, Susan and all the people that work for Santa Cruz City Parks you guys did good!