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Skateboarding should be part of new freestyle center

I offer yet another view on the proposed Landon Sawyer Freestyle Training Center.

I have been involved in skateboarding for more than 20 years and have been snowboarding for nearly as long. I have an appreciation for all snow sports as well as all the sports that may be addressed at the proposed center.

To not consider a skateboarding facility as part of the center – or more specifically, a needed indoor skateboarding facility – in my opinion would be a slap in the face to any of our modern progressive snow sports.

To not see or understand the impact that skateboarding has had on snowboarding, the new movement of freeskiing, mogul skiing and perhaps even freestyle aerial skiing would be shortsighted as well as narrow-minded.

Skateboarding can be a excellent “cross-training” activity to anyone participating in any of the above sports and, in my opinion, stands alone as one of the most underrated, misunderstood sports there is. Have you heard of the -Games, Gravity Games or looked at the cover of our own Summit Daily News lately?

Have you heard of Tony Hawk, perhaps the most well known of the top professional skateboarders as well as a multi-million dollar earner?

Have you heard of the mega successful Woodward facility in rural Pennsylvania, a world-class skateboard training facility that started as a gymnastics camp but also caters to BM as well as other modern progressive sports and attracts thousands of campers per year?

Skateboarding is not going away and to not embrace it and offer a world-class facility in which to practice it would be a shame.

I’d be willing to bet that there is no public recreation facility used as often and consistently as the skateboard parks in Silverthorne and Breckenridge as well as the facility in Frisco.

That includes tennis, although I have nothing against the sport, but feel that a freestyle center much better represents the reason many people live in Summit County. Really, if you want to play tennis, move to Florida.

Please do not be shortsighted when considering a skateboarding facility offered in conjunction with the other freestyle amenities.

We have many top snowboarders and skiers that skate at a recreational level as well as at a professional level.

If many people would take the time to understand the sport, I’m sure you’d be amazed at the level at which it is performed here in Summit County.

Also if anyone involved with the planning of the center would like to hear more from the local skateboarding population, feel free to e-mail me at I’d be glad to put you in touch with some well-spoken professional-level skateboarders.

As and end note, I do agree that the current tennis center location is a poor choice for the location of a freestyle center. If the tennis center was being used regularly and consistently why not keep it there?

Don’t think I’m contradicting my above statement about my opinion of tennis, but why not try to make everyone happy?

I do think that the current pay lot near the Mountain House would be a better choice, but get real. It has to be in Keystone’s future plans as prime, high-dollar, ski-in real estate. After all, it’s really about the bottom line, isn’t it?

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