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Breckenridge celebrates skate park grand opening

Leo Wolfson
Special to the Daily

Outdoor structures take a beating here in Summit County. From the constant melting and freezing to the intense high altitude sunshine, the elements grant facilities no quarter. That means our manmade environment is in a constant state of renovation.

The Breckenridge Recreation Center recently improved two of its outdoor facilities, bringing upgrades to the Breckenridge skate park and installing an outdoor turf field.

On Saturday, a ceremony and day of festivities will be held to celebrate the facelifts, with a variety of activities for kids, families and anyone who just wants to be outside.

The day kicks off at 10 a.m. with a free kids' skateboard lesson at the skate park and a demonstration from High Country Soccer Association on the turf field.

DJ Cyn will also be spinning tunes during the morning lessons and demo.

The early events lead up to the main attraction of the day: a ceremonial ribbon cutting to commemorate the upgrades, complete with an oversized ribbon. At 11:15 a.m., town officials, local fundraisers and skate park designers will cut the ribbon.

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After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, local and pro skateboarders give demonstrations at the skate park and Blue Goose Rugby will have a practice match on the turf field. Grand opening sponsors will also be on hand, including Colorado Skateboards, Summit Stix Lacrosse Club, Woodward at Copper, Phunkshun Wear, Hubble Outerwear, Elevation Bike and Ski and many more.

The sponsors and recreation center will hold various prize giveaways throughout the day. If hungry, Duggan's Deli will be on-site with refreshments for purchase.

The festivities will wrap up around 2 p.m.

Welcome upgrades

Construction began late last spring and took nearly five months to complete. The final cost was $1.4 million and all upgrades were finalized in October 2014.

"Some people were able to come out to try our new facilities when they completed in October," Breckenridge recreation director Michael Barney said. "But with the grand opening we're truly open for business."

The new upgrades have already caused waves with locals. Rec center officials say the new features in the skate park have been met with rave reviews and are a welcome challenge for skaters of any age or ability. The concrete playground is now home to three new bowls, a snake run, ledge drops and a skateable historic mine cart.

"Some of the old features (in the skate park) were showing their age, so it was a good time to update," Breckenridge marketing and administrative coordinator Annette Kubek said. "The skate park is now bigger, safer and more accessible for users of all levels."

Over at the field, Breck opted to replace natural grass with nearly 2 acres of artificial turf. The rec center expects to save 3 million gallons of water annually. Without irrigation expenses, officials can now lower field maintenance costs. Public use options have also expanded with the changeover, giving rec center officials room to spread out.

"Moving to turf lengthens the playing season," Kubek said. "For example, our lacrosse teams were able to practice on the fields throughout the spring, which opened up gym space inside."

The turf also has a shock pad system, making for a safer, more player-friendly surface.

Breckenridge skate park grand opening

What: A day of festivities, skateboard demos and giveaways celebrating the new skate park and outdoor turf field at Breckenridge Recreation Center

Where: Breckenridge Recreation Center, 880 Airport Road in Breckenridge

When: Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more information on the event, see http://www.BreckenridgeRecreation.com or call (970) 453-1734.