Skate park street course due next week
Open for only two weeks, Truckee’s newest park – the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park Department’s Skate Park – is already enjoying good attendance. But according to TDRPD skate park supervisor Andrew Shimer, attendance could double when the park’s street course is completed. The street course is scheduled to be finished within one week.
“I’d say about 20-25 people have been using the park each day, but we’ll definitely see more riders, though, when the street course is complete,” Shimer said. “I think everybody is happy with the half-pipe, but everyone wants to see the street course completed.”
Shimer said that the problem with the current situation is that only one rider at a time can utilize the half-pipe, meaning that riders are often waiting for their turn on the pipe. When the street course is completed, a continuous flow of skateboarders will be possible, thus eliminating any waiting time for riders. Shimer also said street-course riding is probably more popular than half-pipe riding among local riders and will draw a larger crowd.
The park currently has a “mini-ramp” and” table top” in addition to the half-pipe. Before the end of the season, Shimer, who is constructing the park’s features in addition to supervising, said the park will add a “hip,” “spine” and “fun box.”
The response from local riders to the park has been positive.
“The park is great for Truckee; we needed something like this,” said Noah Salasnek, 27. “I think the people here appreciate the town and TDRPD for giving attention to skateboarding and recognizing the skateboarding situation here.”
According to TDRPD rec superintendent Doug Mullens, the park, when completed, will cost of about $3,000. Most of the money was raised through donations, a raffle and a spaghetti feed. A permanent skateboard park, estimated to cost about $50,000, is slated to be built sometime in the future. The location of the permanent park has not yet been determined.
The skate park, open from 11:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. daily, is located on the Tahoe-Truckee High School campus near Truckee Donner Community Pool. The cost to ride is $2 and pads and helmets are required.
The park is set to remain open until Sept. 1, at which time it will be dismantled and stored until next summer. Some riders, however, are hoping the season can be extended.
“It’s hard to have a season that lasts only three weeks,” Shimer said. “It was tough enough just to get people to build it.”
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