Skateboarders, Sponsored Event Will Head to Nyack

Village will host hours-long skate session come Sept.

While Nyack skateboarders still haven't seen their realized, the next best thing is on its way.

"Game of Skate," an event that houses skateboarding competitions and raffles, is slated to commandeer the Riverspace parking lot Saturday, Sept. 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

"A lot of skaters are concentrated in the Nyack area," explained Sarah Anderson, a village resident who helped orchestrate the event. Anderson's husband is an avid skater, and one of her two children is just picking up the sport, too.

The one-day event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Nyacks, Second Nature skate shop in Peekskill and Vans shoes and clothing. Vans will be providing merchandise for contests and giveaways.

On the agenda is the eponymous "game of skate."

"It's like 'horse' in basketball," Anderson said. "Two skaters or teams compete; one does a trick, and the other has to pull it off."

Anderson said this is the first event of its kind in Nyack, and serves a specific purpose.

"It's to demonstrate to Nyack that skateboarding is a popular, safe sport," Anderson said.

Anderson has been in the vanguard of residents working toward a local skate facility; she says her husband has to travel to New York City, Yonkers or New Jersey locations to skate.

"There's no where to go in Rockland," she added.

Anderson is hoping for a strong turnout.

"I'm working to get as many people as I can," she said. "I'd love to see 100."

Colleen Kirby August 03, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Why aren't the children in this picture wearing helmets? Skateboards and helmets go hand in hand. Promote it!
SocietyofZombies August 03, 2012 at 12:28 PM
you should wear a helmet when you go on the internet
Rex Rexmano August 03, 2012 at 12:38 PM
@ Colleen. You are so right.
Mr. Bob Dobalina August 03, 2012 at 01:14 PM
It's a shame that people have to fight to get a skatepark built, when in turn baseball, basketball and tennis courts just go up without a blink of an eye, and are barely used. Put stuff in the parks that the youth and adults will actually use! Down with the Gazebos and up with the skateparks!
David Carter August 03, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Doesn't Congers have a Skatepark?
Therese August 03, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Yes, a poorly constructed prefabricated park with limited hours and all sorts of restrictions.
Joseph Ondrek August 03, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Helmets are always a good idea for people interested in skateboarding. Having a safe place where skaters could go to skateboard on a daily basis is an even better idea.
David Carter August 03, 2012 at 02:29 PM
My question is what percent of people Skateboard? A basketball court can be used by kids of all ages. I am not saying to not build the skatepark but it can really be only designated for one use, skateboarding, while a basketball court can be used for a variety of sports and activities.
Jeremy Patuto August 03, 2012 at 02:36 PM
A skatepark would be really fun to have in Nyack. While I do like the Gazebo in memorial park please don't tear that down. However a good place for it can be over where there are the crew boats over by the dock slip. Maybe in the renovation that can be planned.
Jeremy Patuto August 03, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I forgot to add, I am sure EVERYONE is for helmets but come on people its a photo.
Kris Anders August 03, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Any safe haven for kids to skate in rockland would be great. The park in Congers is rough, plus if you're not a congers resident the fee to skate is ridiculous. I've been driving to jersey and paying to skate in hillburn for years. With top quality concrete parks all around us, as close as Yonkers, it seems silly that Nyack/Rockland doesn't have one. As a Rockland resident and a skater of 25+ years I would love to see this happen, for me and my kids.
Tess Hadley August 03, 2012 at 02:57 PM
This is so exciting! Can't wait to attend the event! :)
SocietyofZombies August 03, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Therese August 03, 2012 at 04:03 PM
According to my research, approximately 700 people in the Nyacks have skateboarded or currently are skateboarding. See more info: http://www.skatepark.org/park-development/vision/2010/12/skatepark-adoption-model/
Therese August 03, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Also if you are not familiar with the attractive designs of the modern skate plaza, it is worth a look. http://robdyrdekfoundation.org/
Kim T. August 03, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I grew up in Brooklyn in the 60s with metal swings, monkey bars, slides that got to about 110 degrees in the summer and banana bikes with no helmets. In other words - we got our lumps and survived. While it's a good idea to promote safety, the kids are only going to remove the padding and helmets as soon as they're out of your sight. I know my kids did.
Joseph Ondrek August 03, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Dyrdek has hit the nail on the head by advocating for skatepark designs that blend into the landscape in an appealing and truly multi-functional way. The street plazas shown on the link above all have the elements that street skaters today want to skate with the added bonus of being a pedestrian plaza that can be enjoyed in a passive manner by anyone looking for a bench to relax on.
roger nelson August 03, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Having a skate park in Nyack is a no brainer. If its built well it'll bring new and old skateboarders out, promoting dynamic and interactive community 'fun'. Supporting projects like skateparks and other free, public recreation options has the power to create a more vibrant and cohesive environment altogether, especially in a smaller town. Go Nyack organizers (and supporters) for getting this going!
Jen August 03, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I am so excited for this event and the prospect of getting a skate park here in Nyack! It is a fantastic idea and I agree with Roger about promoting a dynamic and interactive community 'fun'. It will also attract more people to our area to explore and fall in love with our town! Thanks for organizing!
Heather August 04, 2012 at 11:50 PM
I love the idea of building a skate park in Nyack. It will finally give local skateboarders a place to connect a build a community. And I agree with Jen that it will likely draw people to Nyack, increasing interest and revenue for local businesses. I'm looking forward to the event and I hope it promotes interest and enthusiasm for getting a skate park built.


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