Scooter and skateboard contests in the queue at Eagle Skate Park
Scooter and skateboard enthusiasts are invited to participate in two contests this month at the Eagle Skate Park.
Eagle Skate Park recreation specialist Austin O’Brien said they like to hold monthly contests at the park.
The next contest, Scooter Contest, will be held at 6 p.m. today, Aug. 24. The last contest of the month, Skate Board Contest, will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. It is $10 per participant, which includes the admission fee.
O’Brien said each competitor will have two, one-minute runs during the contest, with the best run counting.
“We time them and they do their best tricks on all obstacles in the whole park,” he explained. “Then we have judges that score the competitors. The highest score gets a first prize. We do first, second and third (prizes.)”
At times, a best trick competition is also held, following the contest.
All age groups are invited to participate in the contest. Depending on how many competitors participate, organizers will break them down into age groups, up to 8 years old, 10 to 14 years olds and 14 years old and older, O’Brien said.
The contest typically attracts between 10 to 15 participants. The contest cannot be held if there are fewer than five.
O’Brien began using the park when he was 11; he is now 22.
The Eagle Skate Park opened in 2005 and recently underwent a renovation, with a grand reopening December of last year. The park includes new rails, ramps and benches in the nearly 27,000-square-foot park, as well as a bowl and half pipes.
The park’s building was also renovated with more space for merchandise in the pro shop. The space includes televisions, skateboard, scooter and bike equipment, as well as air fryers, a pretzel maker and a snow cone machine.
The park is open seven days a week, unless there is a holiday. When schools are closed for such occasions as teacher duty days, or non holidays, the park opens at noon instead of 3 p.m. Otherwise, the park is open Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 9:45 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6:45 p.m.
“Friday, Saturday and Sunday are our busiest days,” O’Brien said.
Beginning on Sept. 6, skateboard classes will be held every Thursday. There is a session for beginners from 6 to 7 p.m. and a class for returning students from 7 to 8 p.m. The classes are $45 per month.
Eagle Skate Park also offers E.A.G.L.E.S After School program.
“It’s a unique opportunity for kids to skate and use the skate park,” O’Brien said.
The program offers homework assistance, recreational outdoor and indoor activities and crafts. It is $35 a week. The program is offered Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. for 8- to 14-year-olds during the school year.
Eagle Skate Park is at 315 SW 2nd Avenue. For more information call (239) 573-0490.