Skaters Paradise

By Corinna Callsen

Attention all skaters and all those who want to be one. A new playground for guys, girls, kids and adults on boards will open its doors and ramps very soon.

Whether you don’t know what a skateboard looks like, had some embarrassing encounters with one or think walking is an uncomfortable exception for you–the Source Indoor Skatepark offers something for everybody. The 50,000 square foot facility features a Source retail outlet, an arcade and a food store as well as the main attraction–banks, ramps, half pipes, stairs and rails as far as the eye can see.

"We planned the skate park for years, but the actual setup only took us about a month, working from 8 a.m. to midnight every day," says Dave Beddome from the Skatepark.

Despite the effort, the park was still filled with workers and not with skaters on June 3, 2002, the targeted official opening date. The facility is now scheduled to open to the public next week.

"We are hoping to attract people of all levels and all ages through the setup of the park, our camps, lessons and instructors," Beddome continues.

Special areas set aside for kids will allow them to learn skating in a safe environment, while the advanced skaters will hit the half pipes, stairs and rails.

To enhance the park’s safety even further, all activity in the skatepark will be supervised by trainers and instructors.

The Source Indoor Skatepark will offer four and five day camps for beginner, intermediate and advanced level skaters at a price ranging between $240 and $340. Moreover, options such as private or group lessons as well as memberships, which grant discounts at the Source retail outlet in the park, will be available. Skating will cost $15 for three hours until the membership rates are set up. Additionally, a full rental service will be available for those who simply want to try out a new sport or who haven’t invested in equipment quite yet.

For skaters who are aiming high, special events such as world class competitions will be hosted at the new facility, and will keep it interesting and inspiring.

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