Thanks to professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek, a new, super-slick skate park is coming to Phoenix.
Plans for the skate park were announced at Phoenix City Hall on Tuesday afternoon, during a press conference with Dyrdek, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Phoenix Vice Mayor Michael Nowakowski, and District 8 Councilman Michael Johnson. Dyrdek, whose Street League DC Pro Tour hits Jobing.com Arena in Glendale this Saturday, donated a skate course, thousands of dollars in equipment, and $50,000 toward the design and construction of the skate park, which will be in District 7.
"[My hope in the] yearly tradition of bringing my league back to Jobing.com every single year is that it grows and becomes the biggest thing in the world over the next 20 years. That's how much I believe in skateboarding," Dyrdek said. "Part of this growth for me is giving people an understanding. It's still hard for people to put a connection between a kid skating on the sidewalk and where he wants to go and what that means. But you build a skate spot, you see the kids skating, and you know they want to be in a street league someday."
Dyrdek thanked "everybody for embracing this, putting this all together, and supporting it," then gave Mayor Gordon and Vice Mayor Nowakowski each a skateboard without wheels.
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"I don't know if you guys want to end up putting one of these to use, but this is one of my foundation boards," Drydek said. "If you want to put some wheels on it and go to work, that's your choice."
Gordon couldn't say exactly where the skate park will be located, other than somewhere in District 7. "We have to work with the parks department and the parks board, and the parks have final approval," Gordon said. "But we also work with the neighborhoods and the community, so it would be a little premature to say exactly where the skate park will be. The goal will be to find a location that will serve the most kids and serve as a model to go forward."
There's no word yet on when construction will begin on the new skate plaza, but Dyrdek can be seen in action this Saturday, August 28, with the Street League DC Pro Tour at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale. Visit www.streetleague.com for more information.