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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."

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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