Oct 25, 2009
Durham Skate Park at Central Park
~30 skaters this afternoon at the Durham Skate Park, downtown at Central Park. I don't think it's officially open (what with the "do not enter" signage and the construction equipment) but the neighbors directly across the street at the Durham Police Department District 5 substation don't seem to object.
~30 skaters this afternoon: ~5 Afro-American, ~5 Latino, remaining caucasian. All male.
Ages: 12 to 35.
Geographics: some local, some clearly not (overheard: "I'm from Morrisville", "Durham's got a reputation so I've got to mind my f**king cigs. Goddammit. I hope you f**king enjoyed them, whoever stole them" and "where do you get something to eat around here?"
Safety equipment of choice: none to be seen.
Drinks of choice: McDonalds (four cups), Jimmy Johns (one cup), and Cristalino sparkling wine (two bottles, no brown paper bag, and did I mention that it's across the street from a a Durham police substation?)
Links: Bull City Rising on the skatepark planning and design. Per the Durham Parks and Rec page, "Features include a floating quarter pipe, launch boxes, step-up bank, 3-seven step stairs with handrails, a street clam, and an 8 inch trog bowl." And the Durham skatepark's unofficial MySpace page (Age: 36, Mood: stoked)
Please pardon the crap pix from my otherwise useful Blackberry.
I was wondering if this skate park would be used by skaters. It seems, the joy in skateboarding is the subversiveness. If the subversiveness is given a voice and planned, it loses some spice. So, we'll see if anyone uses the skate park after it is officially opened.
Posted by: Elrond Hubbard | Oct 26, 2009 12:58:09 PM
This park definitely stay packed!!! There was a skate park where I lived in Southern New Hampshire and it stayed busy...I think it's great and hope it does not get ruined...
It would be nice to get the regulars involved to create some murals or artwork in it just to make it their own...They'll be more likely to look after it...
Posted by: Freddie | Oct 30, 2009 2:31:24 PM
Lots of construction pics here
Scroll down to see the better daylight shots.
Posted by: Phil | Nov 2, 2009 11:50:27 PM
My pal GirlInBlack77 has a few videos of opening day.
Here's one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_36Y7WgOf-Y
Posted by: Phil | Nov 9, 2009 11:48:21 AM
Maddy and I look over there most afternoons on our way to the Y for swim practice and it's pretty much always full. Of boys. Which makes a teenage girl sort of want to drive by...
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The sport where scooters are used can be very exciting and forward for the point which is the practice of sport. Despite this, skating is one of the healthiest sports and fun. I love watching the kids slide down the floor or ice, and move freely in it.
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Someday, that place will be packed with skaters from Durham and some visitors from its surrounding places to have fun, which is a good thing, to increase the camaraderie of each one of them. Having a lot of friends who loves to skate in Moncks Corner, it has become my pastime in which it taught me how to be outgoing, that's why at that time after school or after the visit to the dentist, I'll strap on my skate shoes and have fun with them.
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