ERIE SKATE PARK GRAND OPENING

They waited patiently through dedication speeches, cheered loudly for guest of honor and revered pro skater Rob Dyrdek, and hooted and hollered for the merchandise giveaways and raffle that provided several lucky attendees with new decks for their boards.

But really, what they wanted to do was skate.

That’s what ultimately proved the key attraction at Saturday’s official grand opening event for the Erie Community Skate Park, the world’s first to be Street-League certified.

At 2 p.m., after speeches were delivered and contributors recognized, the podium was moved from the plaza, the disc jockey turned up the jams, and hundreds of skaters hit the concrete, grinding rails, nailing kickflips, and otherwise enjoying the

world-class park located at 450 Powers St.

“It has the biggest stuff and it’s the most fun to skate,” 16-year-old Justin Ho said, explaining why he made the trip from his Thornton home to attend Saturday’s event.

He also added, however, it was also pretty cool to see Dyrdek, who in addition to his skating skills is well known as an MTV reality TV personality. Getting up close to Shane O’Neill and Tom Asta, two other pro skaters who participate in the Dyrdek-founded Street League Skateboarding series, was another drawing card.

Construction of the $1.2 million park began an August, and it officially opened to skaters in January. But the grand opening event gave the park the proper celebratory dedication it deserved, complete with ribbon cutting.

Officials estimated 2,000 people attended the event. Dyrdek, who drew loud cheers from the crowd each time his name was mentioned, in a short speech noted that the 16,800-square-foor plaza is an exact replica of the Street League competitive course.

He compared skating on it to playing on the same basketball court as Michael Jordan.

Dyrdek also said he was very happy to see the park opened in Erie, where he found willing partners in the parks and recreation department and on the Board of Trustees to help him fulfill a dream he has had since the beginning of his skateboarding career, two decades ago.

“This is a really big deal. I tried to do this with a lot of people and they shot it down. They said, ‘We don’t need that.’ I said, ‘Yes you do,’ and the people here believed in that,” Dyrdek said, pointing out the certified park could some day host official Street League competitions.

“This is going to be legendary. I hope you enjoy it for many years to come, and I hope we have a crowd like this at an event here soon.”

Other speakers Saturday included Joe Ciaglia, the president and CEO of California Skateparks, the firm that designed the Erie Community Skate Park. When he experienced audio difficulties during his comments, Ciaglia joked, “I think we spent all the money on the skate park.”

Town officials who spoke included Mayor Pro Tem Ronda Grassi, Parks and Recreation Director Jill Wait and Trustee Joe Carnival, who said he has seen skaters ages 5 to 40 at the park — and has skated it himself.

Wait said that thanks to the mild weather this winter, the response to the park has already been outstanding. Pending the response to a grant application filed with Great Outdoors Colorado, the town hopes to build another $500,000 beginners area this summer.

For Justin Ho, Saturday’s event was a family affair. He attended with brothers Jarrett, 14, and Blade, 9, mom, Gretchen, plus his dad, Richard, who took up skating himself a year and a half ago at age 49.

When asked what they like about the park, Jarrett quickly responded, “”Everything.”

Naomi Allen, 25, of Longmont attended Saturday’s event with her roommate who recently started teaching her the basics of skating. Following the grand opening ceremony, Allen stood along the south side of the park and watched the many enthusiastic skaters test out the highly-touted course. For her, that was best part.

“I think it’s awesome,” she said. “It’s great for the kids.”

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EXPEDITION AT CARMEL VALLEY SKATE PARK

On tap today is a heavy Trick Mix featuring the best of the Expedition One pro team taking it to the park for a team rider shredathon featuring clips from Ryan Gallant, Kenny Hoyle, Kelly Hart, Chany Jeanguenin, Matt Miller, Richard Angelides, Taylor McClung, Tom Remillard and Will Fyock. There’s always that special team dynamic when the crew is skating together and you can tell the community stoke is alive and well with the Expedition fam. Check it out.

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Best Skateboard Park – 2012 The Village Voice Best of Award

The Hudson River Skate Park located at Pier 62 in Manhattan, NY was recently voted the “Best Skateboard Park” by The Village Best of Awards. The 15,000-square-foot skate park opened two years ago and features areas for beginners as well as those brave (or crazy) enough to try out the enclosed bowl with 10-foot walls. Visually, it’s also one of the coolest, as it sits adjacent to the Hudson River and has open grassy areas, benches, and a carousel. The park is open year-round, and it’s free.

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ENCINITAS YMCA SKATE PARK

The expansion of the new 5,000 SF Mini-Land section of the skate park has begun! To keep up with the growing popularity of skateboarding, the YMCA has pioneered the concept of offering skateboarding lessons to beginners. Parents have recognized the benefits of skaters learning skateboarding basics, falling safety and skate etiquette and our current lesson program has reached max capacity. As a result, part of our proposed redesign is to expand our Mini-Land lesson area complete with spectator area to meet the growing demand of skateboarding lessons.

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ERIE SKATE PARK 3D ANIMATION

Check out this 3D animation video of the Erie Community Skate Park located in Erie, CO!

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ENCINITAS YMCA SKATE PARK

The expansion of the new 5,000 SF Mini-Land section of the skate park has begun! To keep up with the growing popularity of skateboarding, the YMCA has pioneered the concept of offering skateboarding lessons to beginners. Parents have recognized the benefits of skaters learning skateboarding basics, falling safety and skate etiquette and our current lesson program has reached max capacity. As a result, part of our proposed redesign is to expand our Mini-Land lesson area complete with spectator area to meet the growing demand of skateboarding lessons.

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http://sitedesigngroup.com/projects/details/encinitas

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JUSTIN STRUBING & FRIENDS AT SANTA CLARITA SKATE PARK

Check out this Straight to the Internet with Justin Strubing and friends featuring Clint Peterson, Paul Shier, Patrick Melcher and Marius Syvanen shredding the Santa Clarita Skate Park!

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ELEMENT AT SANTA CLARITA SKATE PARK

This past weekend was the second event of the Element Make it Count 2013 International Contest Series at the Santa Clarita Skate Park. The contest was in jam style format, along with a high ollie contest. The overall winner of the contest receives an all expenses paid trip to the MAKE IT COUNT 2013 Global Finals at Element YMCA Skate Camp, for a chance to compete for Element sponsorship, followed by a day at The Berrics with the Element team.

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STONER PLAZA HUBBA SESSION

Check out this video of Paul Rodriguez, Manny Santiago, and Terell Robinson skating the hubba ledge at Stoner Skate Plaza located in Los Angeles, CA!

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SHURIKEN SHANNON AT OB SKATE PARK

Kicking off CCS’ 40 Years Of Santa Cruz week on The Corner is one of the team’s newest pro rider additions—San Diego’s own Shuriken Shannon. Looking very comfortable and at home in his local park in Ocean Beach, it’s not wonder why Santa Cruz recruited this all terrain street marauder for the team.

Smooth tranny skills including lofty switch and regular backside flips back-to-back matched with all around creativity on the streets make Shuriken a pleasure to watch shred. Check him out in the special Santa Cruz edition of Trick Mix.

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