Memorial Park’s skate park hits the big time tomorrow.
The Colorado-based Sk8-Strong Foundation has gifted two vert-ramps to the area, which already features a large skate park designed by industry experts. The vert ramps range in height from 6 to 7 feet for the “mini” to 13.5 to 17.5 feet on the larger structure. As Sara Horton reports in this week's Indy, the grand opening for the ramps — and a "Destroy the Bowl Jam" — is tomorrow.
And maybe bigger events will follow. “The addition of the vert ramps gives the Memorial Park Skate Park all four skate board disciplines,” a city press release notes, “making it the only public park in the nation with such a facility.”
Here's a city release:
Dedication of Memorial Park Vert Ramps
The City of Colorado Springs and the Sk8-Strong Foundation invite the community to the grand opening and dedication of the Memorial Park Vert Ramps on Saturday, July 28 at 11:00 a.m. Immediately following the dedication, a full afternoon of fun events will commence including ramp and best trick competitions, as well as professional athletes giving a demonstration on the ramps.
The addition of the vert ramps gives the Memorial Park Skate Park all four skate board disciplines, making it the only public park in the nation with such a facility. Valued at over $200,000, the two ramps are being donated to the City of Colorado Springs by the Sk8-Strong Foundation. Sk8-Strong is a Colorado-based organization that was founded to help skateboarding athletes achieve their goals and promote a healthy environment at skate parks.
With the addition of these ramps, the Memorial Park Skate Park is in an ideal position to host both national and international professional skate boarding competitions as well as showcase a potential Olympic Sport.
Vert Ramp Specifications:
40 ft wide and 6 ft tall on one end with an escalator to 7 ft on the other end.
Vert Ramp Dimensions:
56 ft wide and 13.5 ft tall with a 15.5 ft extension on one end and a 17.5 ft roll-in on the other end.
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