Banning BMers from skate parks discriminates against the sport |

Banning BMers from skate parks discriminates against the sport

We’ve all seen articles about those great brave kids with shovels in hand cleaning our beloved snow out of the Silverthorne skate park. Every season, we see more, bigger jumps, rails, boxes and halfpipes at the ski areas.

Now spring comes, and we adrenaline junkies switch activities, even though Arapahoe Basin will still be open for a while – with its new terrain park.

I see kids skating and riding BM bikes at the Breckenridge skate park every day now. The deep bowl is still full of snow, since the Breck kids aren’t as hard-core about shoveling as the Silverthorne kids are.

Talking about our beloved “Silvy” – as the skate park is known by the regulars – what a great skate park that is. People come from far away to skate and BM it.

Ooops, but bikes are not allowed there. I wonder why?

I guess the town of Silverthorne does not consider a BMer part of the public, since this person is not permitted to enjoy the public park. If you are on a BM, be prepared to belong to the public only at the Breckenridge or Frisco skate parks. It seems like discrimination to me. If you want to know the facts, visit

Now let’s talk about the Frisco skate park. What a great setup that is: the perfect mini ramp, little rails, the beautiful peninsula, surrounded by trees, away from traffic and – caged like a big doghouse.

I don’t want to go as far as to say it looks like a prison – after all it does not have barbed wire on the top of the fences.

Do me a favor: Next time you are passing through the peninsula, take a look at that cage and tell me what it looks like. Does that thing fit in? Is it really necessary? I wonder why that is – to keep the animals in or out?

I was just walking in that area and noticed the cage is locked, even though the park is 95 percent clear of any snow.

Hey, I could be riding my BM or skateboard in there right now. But the “sanitarium” – as it is known by some regulars – is locked. I wonder when the public will be able to enjoy the public skate park in Frisco? I promise I will shovel and sweep it for us all.

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