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Concrete Skatepark Tour

Street skating has blurred the line between skateparks and street spots. There is also a movement of making art and sculpture skate-able.

The first skatepark in the world, Surf City at 2169 E. Speedway, Tucson, Arizona opened for business on September 3, 1965. Patti McGee, Women’s National Champion, was here for the grand opening. It had concrete ramps and was operated by Arizona Surf City Enterprises, Inc.

A skatepark for skateboarders and skaters which had plywood ramps on a half-acre lot in Kelso, Washington, USA opened in April 1966. It was lighted for night use. The East Coast’s first skatepark, Ocean Bowl Skate Park, in Ocean Park, Maryland, USA, opened the first week of June, 1976. It is the oldest operating municipal skate park in the United States. Due to time, wear and the current needs of skaters, the old bowl and ramp were torn down in the Fall of 1997 and the new park opened in July 1998.

California’s first skatepark, the Carlsbad Skatepark opened on March 13, 1976. The World Skateboard Championships were held here on April 10, 1977. It operated until 1979, when it was buried intact beneath a layer of dirt for more than two decades, before being destroyed in 2005. The current Carlsbad Skatepark is in a different location.

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I take photos, collect vinyl records and drink really good coffee. Creating awesome things at Array.

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