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Ann Arbor Needs a Skate Park

05.12.09 | technician | In ann arbor, midtown, skateboard

Ann Arbor needs a skate park. And there are at least 30 reasons why. Right now Ann Arbor skateboarders need to travel to neighboring communities like Westland, the Meijers skate park in Brighton, or the Modern Skate Park in Royal Oak in order to get their vertical fix. It does no good for the city of Ann Arbor when its citizens need to travel out of town in order to have fun and get some exercise when the city could instead be drawing skate tourists to itself. And how is it that a city like Ann Arbor doesn’t have its own skate park? There are many good reasons to build a skate park in Ann Arbor with reason number 30 being “If a city doesn’t have a skatepark, it is a skatepark.” Words to live by.

Even those of us who don’t live in Ann Arbor should support an additional skate park in Metro Detroit as a cost effective way to make Detroit a more livable place while improving its image and attracting a few more tourists. This Friday, May 15 you can have some fun and support this cause at the same time by attending the Ann Arbor Skatepark Benefit Art Show at the Vault of Midnight comic book store in Ann Arbor at 219 S. Main St from 7 to 10 p.m.

“For this free, public event, fifty artists will be custom designing and painting skate decks to be judged by a panel. Artists include Jim Mahfood, Triston Eaton, BLOKT, AZK One, Corryn Jackson, Jeremy Bastian, Jay Brant and many more! The winners will be selected on both youth and adult categories. All decks will be available at via live and silent auction, 100% of the proceeds will benefit the AASAC.

Free food will be provided by Trader Joe’s, and live music will be played throughout the evening by Mogi Grumbles, Charles Trees, and DJ Ornate.

All of the decks will be displayed at Vault of Midnight for two weeks before moving to the Ann Arbor Art Center as a touring exhibit. The Art Show will be part of a weekend of free events aimed at raising awareness about the AASAC and the construction of a free, public skatepark in Ann Arbor for the use of its residents.”

And just to get you in the mood here are some Detroit skate videos from Youtube:

Detroit City Skateboards - Team Montage, lots of Hart Plaza and downtown Detroit footage

City Skateboards Demo at West Bloomfield Skatepark

Skate Detroit - one percent skateboards, featuring locations in Midtown, Downtown, and on the river


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