Silverthorne event, new Breckenridge park highlight growing skateboarding scene
While the reopening of the redesigned Breckenridge Skate Park is still a month away, the Silverthorne Skate Park will host a new skateboarding event this Saturday, Sept. 6. The inaugural Silverthorne Community Skate Day will get rolling at 9 a.m., with heats for ages 12 and younger, 12-17 and an open division, followed by an open Street Jam at 3 p.m.
“This is going to be the first of many,” said Ronnie Barr, events coordinator with newly formed The Trilogy event management company. “We’re focused on growing the skateboarding scene in the mountains.”
Unlike a traditional skate competition in which competitors are penalized for falls, Saturday’s event is designed to be a little more beginner focused and family friendly with emphasis on successful tricks and the community aspect of skateboarding.
“We want to take some of the stress out of the competition,” Barr said of the format. “They’re going to be judged on the tricks that they do, not on if they fall. It’s all about having fun. This really is just about our community and growing the community.”
Registration, which is $10, will be on site on Saturday prior to each event. Additional event information will be posted on the Silverthorne Community Skate Day Facebook page. A number of skateboarding sponsors are expected to be on site with all-day giveaways and free food.
Barr founded The Trilogy event company with fellow Summit County residents Joe Suta and Josh Moses in an effort to promote skateboarding and snowboarding in the area.
“It’s something we’re passionate about and we’re trying to get off the ground,” Barr said. In the past he and his friends have been involved with the annual Chris Ferris Memorial Skate Contest, which was postponed this year due to construction on the Breckenridge Skate Park.
Breckenridge Skate Park renovation on track
Breckenridge Recreation Center officials announced Tuesday that the redesigned Breckenridge Skate Park is expected to reopen as scheduled next month.
“We’re definitely on target for an Oct. 1 opening,” outdoor programs coordinator Matt Parker said.
The park’s $650,000 redesign was done by Team Pain Skate Parks, the well known skate design firm that built the original park.
The new park will have more swimming pool features, a larger street area and an emphasis on skill progression with a more interconnected design.
“It’s a complete redesign and enlargement,” Parker said. “Everything should be able to flow into each other.”
The project was a joint effort between the town of Breckenridge and the local skateboarding community. The town hosted a number of open information sessions giving locals a chance to give their feedback on designs.
“It’s going to be one of the best parks in Colorado when it’s done,” area skateboard events coordinator Ronnie Barr said of the new facility. “Team Pain is awesome. They’re one of the best at what they do.”
Parker said that with a short season remaining, they will likely have more of a soft opening this year with an official grand opening next spring.
He said the new park will host a number of rec programs in the future and could potentially host a national level pro-style competition.
“This is a significant upgrade from what we’ve had in the past,” he said. “It was very much a community effort.”
The park will remain open to the public through October, weather permitting.
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