Celebration cranks for Hailey Skate
Top notch design beckons to
pro skaters and loud music
By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer
"It’s definitely gonna be a great time,"
local skate and snow board whiz Andy Gilbert said about the celebration for the
Hailey Skate Park, Saturday, June 7, from noon to 5 p.m.
This celebration is being dedicated, by
the band Unborn Perfection, to the memory of Sara Alstrom, who was killed in a
car accident over the Memorial Day weekend.
The idea for the event was turned over by
the Hailey Skate Park group to Becki Keefer, chair of the Hailey Parks and Land
Board. She, in turn, hired a promoter out of Bozeman, Mont., skater and event
impresario, Adam Longnecker.
"The park is so premiere—we were asked to
throw a big celebration—and we had this challenge but had no clue. This is why
we hired Adam. He also lined up the teams of pro skate boarders," Keefer said.
The teams that are showing off their moves
come from Consolidated Skateboards, in Santa Cruz, Calif., and one from
Dreamland Skateparks. Thrasher magazine is covering the event, and it may also
The Hailey Skateboard Park, which was
designed by Dreamland Parks, is "possibly their best park yet," Longnecker said.
The 13,000-square foot park represents a style that's becoming typical of
Dreamland Skateparks, Thrasher magazine’s review said. "Baby-smooth concrete,
tall walls, and a kooky layout." Also notable is a full radius concrete pipe, 16
feet in diameter—the first of its kind to be built in over 25 years west of the
Mississippi—and a 16-foot roll-in with handrails.
Popular with boarders of all ages, it also
has a "14-foot pocket at the end of a capsule, a 9-foot round hip, and an
extension with a flat wall backing it up for a fun as hell air spot," Longnecker
The free opening features music by A
Winter After, Unborn Perfection and 3PX, the house band from SPACE, a performing
arts center in Ketchum. KSKI DJ Tom Sparks is emceeing the event.
And when demos are not being held, "local
skaters get to skate, to loud music with an audience, which I think is just
delightful, Keefer said.
Food supplied by Don Curtis from the Wood
River Valley includes barbecued chorizo, sausage, and hot dogs.
Other sponsors include Board Bin, Ketchum
Video, Ketchum Dry Goods, Mama Inez, Johnny G’s Subshack, Twist & Trout, Smith,
Sturtevants, Hailey Paint, Java and KSKI.
Basically it’s "loud music and skating for
five hours," Keefer laughed.