Breckenridge Skateboard Park open for business
October 17, 2014
There was no official grand-opening ceremony, but the word is out. The newly renovated Breckenridge Skateboard Park is open for business — at least until the snow comes — and so far it's already a big hit.
"We've been at 40 to 50 skaters almost every day since it opened," Breckenridge Recreation Center outdoor programs coordinator Matt Parker said, adding he didn't think the old park ever had those numbers. "We're blown away by the response. As soon as the sun's up it seems like there are people out there getting after it."
And while the old park wouldn't have supported those numbers, the new interconnected design can easily manage that kind of traffic. It also doesn't hurt that the overhauled park is more than twice the size of the original.
"It's a million times better than it was," Summit local Ronnie Barr said, calling the old park small and dated. "They really put in everything you want to see at a skatepark. It's arguably the best in Colorado."
Barr and two other friends recently formed The Trilogy event management company and are excited about the opportunity to bring more skateboarding competitions to Summit County next spring.
"I think it will make a really cool venue, not just for youth contests but also for pro," Barr said adding, "I'm super excited to put on a contest there. I can't wait."
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The recreation center took down fencing encircling the newly completed, $650,000 redesigned park last Wednesday, Oct. 8, giving skaters a few weeks to enjoy the park before the snow comes.
The project was the result of a grassroots effort by the local skate community that was approved by town council and financed with capital allocation funding. The renovation was completed by renowned park designers Team Pain Skate Parks, which also designed the original park close to 20 years prior.
"It's such a big change. It's so huge," Barr said after a week of testing the park. "It's really stepping up the level. As a community we're really happy to see how this got done."
Late-season after-school program
Parker said the rec center and the town of Breckenridge will have an official grand-opening ceremony next spring when the snow melts. In the meantime, the rec center announced Tuesday evening that it will host a few late-season after-school sessions next week.
With warm weather and no storms in the forecast, Parker said the park will be able to offer a few days of drop-in sessions for kids ages 6-12. Sessions will be $12 per day and will be offered next Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 22-24. He encouraged those interested to contact the rec center for more information and to sign up.
The park will stay open as long as there is no snow on it. Parker asked that anyone who might consider using the park in the wintertime avoid using metal shovels to clear snow, as they can damage the concrete.
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