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Skate park open for business, grand opening Saturday

Jackson Merek skates inside the bowl at the new South Kitsap Skate Park on Friday morning. The Lynnwood boy was one of more than a dozen people who were at the park after the construction fences were removed. - Dannie Oliveaux/Staff Photo
Jackson Merek skates inside the bowl at the new South Kitsap Skate Park on Friday morning. The Lynnwood boy was one of more than a dozen people who were at the park after the construction fences were removed.
— image credit: Dannie Oliveaux/Staff Photo

The new state-of-the-art South Kitsap Skate Park is open for business.

On Friday morning, construction crew finish taking down the fence barrier about 9:15 a.m. and about a dozen adults and children hit the concrete facility with skateboards and bicycles.

“It’s awesome,” said Alex Jacobson, 29, of Port Orchard. “It really easy to push around and have fun. It’s pretty good exercise.”

Jacobson said he skateboared as a teen, but his son is getting back on the board.

“It’s pretty fun with lots of places to jump,” said Jacobson’s son, Phoenix.

Mark Merek, 43, and his 5-year-old son, Jackson, came all the way from Lynnwood to tryout the new skate park.

“I like it as much as he does,” said Merek.

He said he heard about the new skate park through his son’s skating team.

“I wanted to get to the park before everyone else so I could skate,” Merek said. “I’ve going been skating a few years.”

He said the park was nice and he had to get use to some of the park’s angles.

The skate park’s grand opening is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SkatePark Grand Opening Day Schedule:

9-10:30 a.m: - Vendors show up and set up

11 a.m. -12 p.m. - Drop in clinic for teaching kids to skate and safety

12-1 p.m. - Open skate featuring  “Vivadal” band

1-2 p.m. - Official Grand Opening and ribbon cutting

(Introduce Pubic Officials, Thank donors, Speakers: State Representative Jan Angel, Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido) Ribbon cutting

2-3 p.m. - Best Trick Contest- fracturing Hip Hop artist "Devon Chu"

3-4 p.m. - Pro Skater Demo- featuring "Know Nothing's"

4-4:30 p.m. - Diamondback bike demo featuring "Joe P" hip hop

4:30-5 p.m. - Open Skate featuring "Rory O.K. and the Worst Band Ever"

Emee: 35th North Skate Shop - Marshall Reed/MC

Special Pro Guests: Amy Caron, Michelle Eston-Jen Stallen

Info Booth: South Kitsap Skateboard Assoc.

Raffle Prizes: $600 Diamondback Bicycle; $300 Bicycle

Product Give-Aways:

Northwest Snowboards - Tacoma

Kitsap Extreme Sports - Port Orchard

Diamondback - Seattle

All Aboard Skate Shop - Puyallup

Food Vendors Booths:

MoonDogs, Too

Amy's On the Bay

A&W Restaurant

Bay Bouy -I think, I will confirm today

Carter's Chocolate

Whiskey Gulch

Vendor Booths:

Kitsap Extreme Sports

Diamondback Bikes

American Pinup- Face painting

Tony's Tried & True - Artists

Fingers Duke - T-Shirts

That's Beautiful Gifts & Jewelry

Lisa's Leaves

Kitsap Chiropratic

All Aboard Skate Shop

Alchemy Indoor

 

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