G. HYSMITH SKATE PARK -
Located at Southwood Athletic Park, 1520 Rock Prairie Rd.
COME & SKATE IT | Aug. 31, 2013
The second annual COME & SKATE IT
competition is set for Aug. 31 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and will feature 4 divisions, all competing in a 5 minute Jam Session format. Registration includes all four competitions, snack packs, t-shirt, giveaways and event wristband. Prizes will be awarded in each category and all participants are required to wear helmets. More than just a competition, spectators will be able to enjoy skate exhibitions, music, giveaways, vendors, refreshments and much more.
- 13 & under
- 14-17 year old
- 18 & Up
- Girls Only
- Best Trick on Rail
- Best Trick on Stairs
- Best All-Around Run
- Best in Bowl
: July 15- Aug. 30--->
Day of Event: 8-4 p.m.
More information to follow. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kelly Kelbly at email@example.com
Under sunny skies and amid a festival-like atmosphere, the City of College Station on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 officially named its newest attraction: The G. Hysmith Skate Park.Why Garrett Hysmith
The park’s namesake is Garrett Hysmith, an energetic College Station boy who, by the time he died in 2005 at age 13, had bravely fought brain cancer for four years. He loved music and Boy Scouts, but was most passionate about skateboarding.
Two years after his death, his closest friends embarked on what they would dub Operation Garrett: Convincing the College Station City Council to include a skate park as part of a bond package that would go before voters. In 2008, 65 percent of those voters embraced the idea at the ballot box. Operation Garrett would, indeed, create a proper place for skateboarders — a $920,000 facility — to safely practice and perfect their sport.
Attending the grand opening event were Garrett’s parents and extended families on both sides.
Designed for all skill levels, this competition-quality skate park on Rock Prairie Road consists of a large pro-style flow bowl, a pool bowl with tile and pool coping, and a long linear street course with hundreds of feet of unique terrain and scalable elements. Other features include water fountains, benches and a shaded patio area for spectators. The facility is mostly made of concrete, which is permanent and virtually maintenance-free.
Early ideas for the park sparked a grassroots effort by local enthusiasts in 2007, and city voters approved the $920,000 facility in a 2008 bond election. With extensive input from the public and local skateboarders, planning began in 2009 and construction started in April 2011.
The skate park was designed by Bleyl & Associates of Bryan in conjunction with Grindline, Inc., a specialty design firm based in Seattle, Wash. The park was constructed by JaCody, Inc. of College Station in association with SPA Skateparks of Austin.