The Sylvan Lake skate park will be opening for the season on June 17. Sylvan Lake News file photo.

The Sylvan Lake skate park will be opening for the season on June 17. Sylvan Lake News file photo.

Skate park season is officially starting with an opening event on June 17

The free event at the Sylvan Lake skate park will feature mini competitions, hot dogs and prizes

Skate park season is right around the corner and the season opener is on June 17.

During the event, people who attend will have the chance to meet skate park ambassadors Will Darbel and Makai Hornett, participate in mini competitions and have a hot dog, FCSS youth services supervisor Krista Carlson said.

“We will have some skate/scooter games such as relay races, mirror games and red light/green light. We will also be giving out ‘trick cards’ that will be divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced which can be handed in in exchange for prizes.”

Another part of the event includes learning more about the history and culture of skateboarding, scooter riding and BMX biking.

“Historically, skateboarding has been a sport that comes with its own sets of lingo, fashion, and rituals, that those new to the sport may not quite understand until they are fully immersed in it. Parents and beginners will learn some of the official and unspoken park rules, have a better understanding of the flow of the park, and get some help in learning new tricks and taking care of their equipment.”

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Having these lessons is important as the culture can feel intimidating to beginners, Carlson said.

“There is a flow to the skate park that takes some time to understand. Even the pros were once beginners and it took some time before they felt comfortable dropping in. No matter whether you are a beginner or an expert, skate parks offer a place where everyone is welcome.”

There are also many benefits to the sport.

“Skateboarding, scooter riding, and BMX biking are great for relieving stress, it’s a great cardio workout, and it improves patience. They are also often more affordable sports.”

The skate park is a very well-used and cared-for facility in the community.

“The skate park has been very busy after school and on the weekends since the last bit of snow left the park. They were even out there shovelling the snow off.”

The event on June 17 runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free and open to all community members.

“We encourage families to come out to learn, meet new people and enjoy a hot dog.”



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