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South Kitsap Skate Park celebrating one-year anniversary Sunday

Youngsters and teenagers, along with people of all ages, will get a chance to show off their skating and bicycle skills during the first anniversary celebration for the South Kitsap Skate Park.

The South Kitsap Skate Park Association (SKSPA) will host the event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 22 at the south side of the South Kitsap Regional Park, 2841 SE Lund Ave.

About 2,000 people are expected for this year’s event.

SKSPA President Leslie Reynolds-Taylor said there will be about 20 vendors at Sunday’s event.

“There will be six restaurants, along with other vendors,” Reynolds-Taylor said.

Ian Wilhelm, SKSPA vice-president, said a safety class will be held for people of all ages, demonstrations from Seattle youngsters and local professionals. There also will be competition during a skate jam and skate swag.

“We’re trying to get the Red Bull team here, but it is still up in the air,” Wilhelm said. “But there will be local riders coming out from all over the area.”

Funds from the event will be used to purchase two sets of aluminum bleachers for people to sit on, especially parents whose children are skating at the park. Reynolds-Taylor said each set will cost about $2,600.

“The whole point of this event is to raise money for bleachers,” said Wilhelm. “The whole community needs to come out and support these kids. The community needs to know what is going on here and the kids need for involvement in the community.”

He said because of the skate park, youngsters and teens alike have progressed in their skateboarding skills.

“This event is also a chance for

the skate park kids to ‘show off,’ ” Wilhelm said.

Wilhelm said a pair of bleachers would suffice parents who come to watch their children skate.

“The day of the event, there will be no place for people to sit down,” added Reynolds-Taylor. “Everybody will be standing up on the skating surfaces and surrounding areas.”

Reynolds-Taylor and Wilhelm agreed if the group was able to get enough prize money it would attract more competitive pro skateboarders.

Local restaurants slated as vendors are MoonDogs Too, Buck’s A&W, Robert Earl Lighthouse, Carter’s Chocolate, Tommy C’s and Whiskey Gulch Coffee Co.

Some of the vendors signed up for the event are Finger Duke Design Studio (official SKSPA T-shirts and hoodies), Port Orchard Extreme Sports BMX, American Pin-up, Tony’s Tattoo, Tried and True, Northwest Snowboards, Sausage Skateboards and others.

Local bands — Vividal, The Approach, Devon Chu, Suite Clarity and Joe P — are schedule to provide live music throughout the event. Marshall Reid will serve as emcee.

“The band will perform near a spot near the bowl,” said Ian Wilhelm, SKSPA vice-president.

Pepsi Distributing Co. is donating bottles of water for the event.

Event sponsors are MoonDogs, Finger Duke, American Pin-Up, Port Orchard Rotary, Port Orchard Extreme Sports BMA, Xpressions, Tommy C’s, Northwest Derby Girls, I Spy Writing, Robert Earl Lighthouse, Pepsi, Northwest Snowboard, Krew, HayterComm, Visit Kitsap and Mayor Tim Matthes.

A second phase of the skatepark is planned and bids are scheduled to go out in September. Wilhelm said the estimated cost for the second phase is about $145,000.

“Once it’s completed, it will be one of the best skate parks in the state,” he added. “We’ll have all of the elements for skateboarders and bicycle riders. This is already a destination point. The second phase will make it more of a destination point.”

For more information, go online to www.facebook.com/skspa1.

Donations are being accepted to help raise funds for park lights, bleachers and features in the second phase of the skate park.

 

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