Thrasher Mag targets ‘Bondale park for contest
The new Carbondale Skatepark won’t hold its official grand opening until May 1, but already the park has been targeted as the site of a Thrasher Magazine contest and party, June 25-27.
Located on the former North Face parcel, the 13,000-square-foot concrete playground has been open for skating for more than a month, offering Colorado’s first fullpipe (with a capsule end) and flowing trannies with 26 hips. One Aspen skater familiar with every skatepark in the state called it Colorado’s best. “It’s the only park with a fullpipe. That sets it apart,” he said.
The new fullpipe has yet to be “looped” – following a path up, over and around that a well-struck golf ball might – but expect it to be attempted when 20 pros roll into town with Thrasher competing for best trick and best line prize money. The contest will be televised by FOX/ESPN, according to a statement from the Carbondale Recreation Department, and many top pros are confirmed, with legend Tony Hawk sitting “50-50.” Naturally, concerts are planned for nighttime entertainment.
Meanwhile, the May 1 grand opening runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with live music, free barbecue, prizes and giveaways from the Carbondale Fire Department and Casual Culture. The Colorado Mountain Madness semi-pro series will stop in Carbondale for contests on Aug. 1 and Sept. 11, and the Western Slope Skateboard Alliance is hosting a youth-oriented contest Aug. 21.
Contact Chris “Woodsie” Woods at Carbondale Rec. at 704-4116 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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