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New skatepark opens this weekend; pre-show at Walter’s

May 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

While I highly doubt I’ll ever nut up and get into the fray, Houston’s new downtown skatepark opens this weekend. To celebrate, there’s a pre-party/show at Walter’s this Saturday night (5.31.08), featuring McRad, Frontside Five, Bark Hard, and The Party Downers. Doors open at 7pm.


The official grand opening of the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark is this Sunday (6.1.08), from 1-5pm. The event is free and open to the public. This means you.

Here’s more info:

The Grand Opening day events include a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 1:00 p.m. with Mayor Bill White, the Jamail family, and representatives from Houston Parks Board, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, and Public Use Skateparks for Houston (PUSH). Activities during the rest of the afternoon will rotate between open public skating sessions and professional skateboarder “jam sessions.” DJ Squincy Jones and DJ Dayta will be spinning tunes to keep the crowd hyped.

Houstonians will be joined by some of the top professional skateboarders in the country. A few of the professional riders include: Kronik Energy’s Benji Galloway (World Cup Skate Board Champion); Nike’s Lance Mountain; Hurley International’s Steve “Salba” Alba, Bruno Passos, and Lincoln Ueda; and Independent Trucks has incorporated Houston as a destination along their national tour, bringing 17 of their riders including Christian Hosoi, Andrew Reynolds, and Steve Caballero, just to name a few.

The Houston Parks Board has partnered with the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art to coordinate the display of five large panels showcasing urban art created by local aerosol artists. The five panels will be placed along “Skater Alley,” the winding walkway between Sabine Street and the skatepark entrance, and will be featured at the park for six months. In addition to the five panels, the Orange Show has coordinated a live urban art demonstration that will take place as visitors enter the park on Opening Day.


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