"Extreme Grand Opening" Set For Grayson SkatePark;
Chain Cutting Will Clear the Course For Flashing Wheels
Charlotte, NC - The much anticipated "extreme grand opening" of the world class Grayson SkatePark rocks into reality at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 1 at 750 Beal Street, just off Wendover Road.
This $632,000 state-of-the-art facility is a new, hip recreational venue provided by the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. Built with bond funds, the Skatepark has a 1,300 square foot concrete course for skate boarders and in-line skaters. It caters to a full range of users from beginners to the experienced vert crowd, with features including:
- Street Course
- Rails and ledges
- Multi bowl ranging from 5-1/2 to 10-1/2 feet
Instead of cutting a ribbon, County Commissioner Dan Bishop and Park and Recreation Commissioner Larry Huelsman will lead the ceremonial cutting of a chain with bolt cutters ("It's more extreme, man") to officially open the facility. The ceremony will also include music, giveaways of skating equipment, and demonstrations by championship skaters from Charlotte, Charleston and Atlanta: Dave "Science Fair" Maxwell, A.J. Chase, Chuck Powell, Mark "Otis" Smith, Chris "the Keith Richards of Skateboarding" Collette, David "Malachi" Smith, Ray Fannessey, and more. The presenting sponsor of the grand opening is Streamline General Contractors, which built the Grayson facility in special consultation with John Woodstock Design and California Skateparks, industry leaders is skatepark design.
Grayson SkatePark will be open seven days a week:
Mondays - Saturdays, 10 a.m. to sunset
Sundays - 2 p.m. to sunset.
Admission charge is $1 per visit to skate as long as you want.
A 3-month pass is $20 and an annual pass is $40.
All skaters/skateboarders must sign a release. Those younger than age 18 must have a
notarized permission form from parent or guardian.
Forms are also available at the adjacent Naomi Drenan Recreation Center.