Skateboarding demo hopes to raise awareness and funds for skate park

Skateboarding demo hopes to raise awareness and funds for skate park
Young boarders, like “Big Sam” are a part of the young energy that personifies Flint. Photo courtesy Brush Alley Skateshop

Calling all costumed characters, creatures and skateboard aficionados you’re invited to appear in the Brush Alley Skateshop’s costume contest and youth fundraiser.

Organizers Nick Welch and the Brush Alley Skateshop hope to raise sufficient funds to support Flint Skatepark improvements and showcase how the sport adds vibrancy and young energy to Flint’s city culture.

The event, scheduled to take place on Oct. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Flint Skatepark, is sure to feature some classic moves like the the nollie, nosegrind and McTwist, a 540 degree (skate) ramp turn.

“I’ll be using the proceeds to build a four-piece beginner ramp set for kids, which will protect them from adults ‘flying through the air,'” says Nick Welch, the event organizer.

There will be demos from participants of  various ages and skill levels – – from beginners to “seniors” (that’s ages 30+ in the skateboard world).

Costumed skateboarders are welcome at the event. 

In addition to showing off their skateboard skills, guests will be invited to join in pumpkin-carving and painting. Locals will be stirring up classic versions of their favorite chili at the event which aims to promote the youth-friendly skate park among other recreational efforts in the city.

The organizers are asking area skateboarders and Brush Alley Skateshop customers to donate used gear, which will be refurbished for young riders in need of boards.

Brush Alley Skateshop is located at 111 E. Third Street, just off South Saginaw in downtown Flint. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Flint’s Skatepark, the site of the event, is located in the Swartz Creek Golf Course on Hammerberg Road, just off Interstate 69 (turn left into the golf course).

The Oct. 28 activity schedule includes the following events:

Young skateboarders need improved digs and their own designated ramps – – and the city needs the vibrancy boarders bring. Photo courtesy of Brush Alley Skateshop

12 p.m. – 12: 15 p.m. Beginners skate

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Intermediate skate

1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Advanced skate

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Senior Jam (30+ crowd)

2 p.m. Tic Tack Toe and SKATE, a skateboarders version of the basketball favorite of Horse.

For more information, check out the Brush Alley Skateshop Facebook page. 




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