Friday, June 22, 2012

Hailey skaters rev up for Saturday party

Bands, food and free skate clinics set


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

Skateboarders enjoy the Hailey skate park Wednesday. Photo by Roland Lane

Hailey's world-class skate park has been spruced up in time for an all-day grand reopening party this Saturday, June 23. Free skate clinics, music and food, and a skate contest will take place to celebrate the park's recent expansion.

According to a news release from the city of Hailey, the skate clinic will begin at 9:30 a.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Valley resident Andy Gilbert will DJ and emcee a locals skate contest at some point during the afternoon.

A community park cleanup day was held at the skate park in April, and city Parks Department personnel have been refining the care and beauty of that park since then in preparation for the Saturday event, the news release stated.

A drinking fountain has been installed, a restroom ordered and pavers put in over the worn grassy areas where skaters tend to access the park. A picnic area and more landscaping features, as well as frequent trash maintenance, have been added to improve the quality of the park.

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Swenke Landscaping "adopted" the park to help with maintenance costs.

Additionally, a group of volunteers has established an adult monitoring and mentoring group for the skaters, in order to reduce bullying and lessen threats to younger skaters.

Tony Evans: tevans@mtexpress.com




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