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  • Written by Ben Kerrigan As cities continue to crack down on skateboarding by capping ledges and issuing fines, we must remember that public spaces exist to serve the people.  Clearly, preserving true historical monuments and sites are important to our culture, but urban areas also thrive by finding ways to adapt spaces to the changing passions of their citizens. Clearing areas for people to safely walk, […]

    Stand for Boston Skateboarding

    Written by Ben Kerrigan As cities continue to crack down on skateboarding by capping ledges and issuing fines, we must remember that public spaces exist to serve the people.  Clearly, preserving true historical monuments and sites are important to our culture, but urban areas also thrive by finding ways to adapt spaces to the changing passions of their citizens. Clearing areas for people to safely walk, […]

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  • On Dec. 20th 2008, the City of Victoria opened a state of the art 15,000 square foot skatepark. The park features a large street area and a flow bowl, and is hailed as a destination skatepark in South Texas. Unfortunately, when the park opened it lacked common park amenities like restrooms, water fountains and shade structures. On top of that, the skatepark was poorly sited behind […]

    Victoria, TX: Taking the Park Back

    On Dec. 20th 2008, the City of Victoria opened a state of the art 15,000 square foot skatepark. The park features a large street area and a flow bowl, and is hailed as a destination skatepark in South Texas. Unfortunately, when the park opened it lacked common park amenities like restrooms, water fountains and shade structures. On top of that, the skatepark was poorly sited behind […]

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  • In the last four years, four concrete skateparks have been built in Israel. That, in itself, is huge for our local scene. Even sweeter is that the parks have been contracted out to Grindline and that the most recently completed one in Kfar Saba was built by a Grindline–Dreamland cooperative effort that included Mark Hubbard, Mark Scott, Sage Bolyard, Tavita Scanlon, and Alfred Perez. The first […]

    Concrete Skateparks in the Holy Land

    In the last four years, four concrete skateparks have been built in Israel. That, in itself, is huge for our local scene. Even sweeter is that the parks have been contracted out to Grindline and that the most recently completed one in Kfar Saba was built by a Grindline–Dreamland cooperative effort that included Mark Hubbard, Mark Scott, Sage Bolyard, Tavita Scanlon, and Alfred Perez. The first […]

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  • A few years ago we had A LOT of offensive, gang-looking tagging and graffiti showing up at Carolina Skatepark with the #1 target being the big bowl (likely due to it’s depth and the ability to not be seen easily from street level.) We’d heard that the “unwritten code” with graffiti artists is they will not tag each others artwork – so we thought we’d give […]

    Painting Murals in Skateparks

    A few years ago we had A LOT of offensive, gang-looking tagging and graffiti showing up at Carolina Skatepark with the #1 target being the big bowl (likely due to it’s depth and the ability to not be seen easily from street level.) We’d heard that the “unwritten code” with graffiti artists is they will not tag each others artwork – so we thought we’d give […]

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  • The date is March 12, 2008. Winter is coming to a close, and myself, along with the many other skaters of Billerica, MA are getting ready to break free from the cramped garage sessions and head down to the local skatepark. It’s no more than a few quarterpipes and a picnic table, but it’s something. As we head down to the park, an unexpected fate is […]

    The Billerica Skate Festival

    The date is March 12, 2008. Winter is coming to a close, and myself, along with the many other skaters of Billerica, MA are getting ready to break free from the cramped garage sessions and head down to the local skatepark. It’s no more than a few quarterpipes and a picnic table, but it’s something. As we head down to the park, an unexpected fate is […]

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  • Artists and skaters go together like kick-flips and barrel rolls. Fundraisers that bring those two communities together are a natural fit. Our most recent skate deck art show, STOKED 3 held in March, featured the works of 95 artists from the community and raised just over $9,000 toward the construction of the Chatham Skate Park. In the three years we’ve held the event, the organization has […]

    STOKED: The Skate Deck Art Show

    Artists and skaters go together like kick-flips and barrel rolls. Fundraisers that bring those two communities together are a natural fit. Our most recent skate deck art show, STOKED 3 held in March, featured the works of 95 artists from the community and raised just over $9,000 toward the construction of the Chatham Skate Park. In the three years we’ve held the event, the organization has […]

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  • I remember getting the call. It was June of 2009 and my buddy Pat Ritchey called and said, “Come down to the viaduct at Kingshighway and Southwest Avenue.” I am oblivious at this point to what was happening entirely. I rolled down to the bridge that afternoon and straight into the first major pour we ended up doing. It was a flat wall quarter 5 ½’ […]

    Kingshighway: Building St. Louis Skateboarding

    I remember getting the call. It was June of 2009 and my buddy Pat Ritchey called and said, “Come down to the viaduct at Kingshighway and Southwest Avenue.” I am oblivious at this point to what was happening entirely. I rolled down to the bridge that afternoon and straight into the first major pour we ended up doing. It was a flat wall quarter 5 ½’ […]

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  • EZ-7 is Houston’s oldest skatespot. The best I can tell from researching the construction of White Oak Bayou, is that it was built around 1967-69. I am sure the skaters and surfers found it right after that. The earliest skate photos I have seen are from 1973. There are about 15 of these same type ditches along White Oak Bayou, but none as skateable as EZ-7. […]

    The EZ-7 Ditch

    EZ-7 is Houston’s oldest skatespot. The best I can tell from researching the construction of White Oak Bayou, is that it was built around 1967-69. I am sure the skaters and surfers found it right after that. The earliest skate photos I have seen are from 1973. There are about 15 of these same type ditches along White Oak Bayou, but none as skateable as EZ-7. […]

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  • Back in about 2004 the City of Cedar Park approved $125,000 dollars for a skateboard park in one of the city’s parks. Every time they tried to approve a location the surrounding neighbors would show up to protest and they did not want this built in their back yard. So the money sat for a few years until the city decided to go in with Williamson […]

    Cedar Park, Texas

    Back in about 2004 the City of Cedar Park approved $125,000 dollars for a skateboard park in one of the city’s parks. Every time they tried to approve a location the surrounding neighbors would show up to protest and they did not want this built in their back yard. So the money sat for a few years until the city decided to go in with Williamson […]

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  • Oxford is located in Lafayette County in North Central Mississippi. With only 13,000 permanent residents, the economy of Oxford relies heavily on the 15,000 students and faculty that reside at the state college located there. Skateboarding is not illegal by law in Oxford, but skateboarding is prohibited in the entire town.  Talks began in regards to getting a skatepark in the late 90s.  However, due to […]

    Oxford, Mississippi

    Oxford is located in Lafayette County in North Central Mississippi. With only 13,000 permanent residents, the economy of Oxford relies heavily on the 15,000 students and faculty that reside at the state college located there. Skateboarding is not illegal by law in Oxford, but skateboarding is prohibited in the entire town.  Talks began in regards to getting a skatepark in the late 90s.  However, due to […]

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