Articles Archive for September 2010
Thursday, October 7th, 6:00pm at the City Park Pavillion
We will be having a public meeting with all of the local skaters, all of us at the foundation and city, and Grindline, who will present some ideas to us and then you will be given a chance to share some ideas with them.
If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can still post your thoughts and ideas online here and they will be taken into consideration just the same as if you were at the meeting.
UPDATE: Thursday, October 7th, 4:00pm
Today we met with Micah Shapiro of Grindline as well as visited the site at Fort Neal Park. Here in a few hours well will be having a meeting with the public at 6:00 at the City Park Pavilion. Hope to see you there.
UPDATE: Thursday, October 7th, 8:00pm
The meeting tonight went well and we collected a lot of drawings, ideas and general input to be used designing the plaza. In about two weeks we will have the first draft and post it online here for everyone to view and get feedback.
It’s a universal truth that for every good road trip, there has to be at least one dude who has either had too much caffeine or is going stir crazy from sitting in the car too long and begins to bug out. For every one bugged out dude, there has to be one dude pointing a camera at him to ensure he feels embarrassed about it later. In this instance, Erlend Bjoerklund played the part of dude A and Casey Hardman played the part of dude B on their trip to the Dayton, OH’s DC Skate Plaza.
PS: There are a couple tricks at the end.
Eric Cunningham and I were talking about what the dimensions of the stairs at the park should be the other day, so I decided to investigate the stairs at a few of the rails around town to see exactly how long and tall they were. They were all right around 1 foot long and 6 inches tall.
The “Peach Rails” set would be my choice, it is almost dead on 1×6. We call them the Peach Rails because the building use to be painted a pale peach color.
Right across 5th Street from the Peach Rails are the Exxon Rails (that use to be an Exxon gas station behind there). I have never actually done these rails and one of the reasons is because they are so steep. Surprisingly they are also 1 foot long but just 1 inch taller and that 1 inch apparently makes all the difference.
The stair sets at PHS are usually a favorite also (though the square rails are the worst thing since Hitler). They are 6 inches tall but 1 foot 2 inches long, so they are a bit more mellow than other rails and probably a reason why people like them more.
Since I was downtown I decided to shoot the Courthouse rails also even though I’m sure these aren’t within out budget and probably wouldn’t be skated very often anyways. As far as I know only 4 inline skaters have ever done the big rail and no skate boarders have ever done it. But anyways, these stairs are the same as the Exxon Rails, 1 foot long by 7 inches tall making them pretty steep.
Without a doubt the longest running and most popular skate board spot in Parkersburg is the Uptowner. It is kind of funny to say that about a little baby curb like this, but I think that is one of the reasons it gets skated so much. It is easy to skate, extremely long, has a very long runway, and even has a shelter over your head. I think building a long curb like this along one of the edges of the park will actually get quite a bit of use.
By far the most popular inline skater spot is the “Curved Curb.” These ledges are divided into four 16 foot long sections, just under 2 feet tall and are a blast to skate. At the same time has some extreme problems. The biggest problem is the cobblestone ground which makes it difficult to skate and basically impossible for skate boarders. Also, instead of one 90 degree angle to lock your board or skates onto, it has two 45 degree angles making it some what rounded and after 15 or so years of being skated they are really becoming rounded. All problems that will be corrected in the plaza.
I may add more photos of other popular Parkersburg spots later on, if there are any spots you like post them on here and we can check them out.
It’s official now, we have chosen Grindline Skateparks to construct our facility. We are waiting to hear how soon they can be in town, which we are hoping can be as soon as next week. From there, the skate plaza foundation and the city officials will meet with them and show them around Fort Neal Park where they will be working, and then holding another public meeting with all of you to go over design ideas.
We are wanting to move this thing along as quickly as possible, for one, because of the winter weather that will be creeping up before you know it, and two, we are just stoked to be finally getting something built! So that means you need to pay close attention to this website so you don’t miss the meeting. I will post it on here as soon as I find out and probably myspace/facebook/twitter/whatever it also so that hopefully nobody misses it.
Jake Washburn from Marietta just put his latest video online where you can watch it for free. It features Zach Debrular from Parkersburg as well as other locals. You can get a copy for yourself here.