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June 4, 2013 > Fremont Skate Park open for business

Fremont Skate Park open for business

By William Marshak

Waiting for fences to come down surrounding the new Fremont Skate Park was agonizing for over 100 eager patrons on Friday, May 31st. Word had quickly spread that an official "soft opening" of the park would occur at 5 p.m. However, as final touches were applied and the clock moved beyond 6 p.m., anticipation grew and grumbles became a bit more vocal. However, finally the fence was removed and the scramble to be one of the first to try out the street skate steps, bowls and amenities of the park was on!

With mild weather and a backdrop of Lake Elizabeth and Fremont Aqua Adventure at Central Park, the setting seemed perfect for the jubilant crowd as they skated over steps, rails, lifts and within bowls. The opinion of skateboarders was very positive as they found the park lived up to its billing as "world class." From beginner to professional, this park has it all; and for spectators, there was movement everywhere.

A large gathering around the deep bowl brought appreciative comments from those watching and participants alike. While there were a good number of spills at the bowl, knee pads and helmets were used extensively to cushion falls. The same could not be said for many other skateboarders throughout the park who did not appear to be as well prepared. Liability concerns prohibit active City supervision of the park so it is hoped that skateboarders will self-police and actively control the facility.

"Official" opening of the Fremont Skate Park is scheduled for June 19, 2013 at 5 p.m.

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