Monday, June 24, 2013

Go Skateboarding Day D.I.Y Skateboarding Park at The Brewster Projects

Friday I did exactly what I told our readers to do, I skipped work and went skateboarding. Well, I guess that's not entirely true. I did skip work, but I only went and watched other people skateboard. I wore a cute dress, walked around and took pictures instead.

 The group behind the push to get the X Games to Detroit in 2014 built a DIY skate park in the old volley ball courts next to the Brewster projects. They invited food trucks and people to come down and skate and hang out for the day before the free show over at the Majestic featuring Andrew W.K. Red Bull showed up with a giant truck with a DJ and a few food trucks showed up to provide snacks and water. It was one of the hottest days of the year so far, so water was a much needed commodity.
There were people of all ages and backgrounds and they each took turns doing tricks on the new cement style jumps that had been built. Later in the day a few wooden ramps showed up to add to the fun. The Works were running around with their camera filming the whole event and even had a funny host that attempted to interview my left boob at some point during my chat with him. I hope those clips make it to the video!
As I walked around I got a chance to talk to a lot of people. People had complaints and only two of them were valid. One was that there was no where to park. I parked in a vacant lot next to the old projects and they tried to tow my car and my friends car. When I realized it was happening I went over and stood in front of the cars until my friend got there and we could both move them. I had one pissed off tow truck man screaming at me. It was hilarious, I just kept turning my car radio up as he yelled. The second problem was there needed to be more jumps. However, I'm not sure how much time they had, how much money they had (if any) and how many people they expected to show up. There were a lot of people there and in the end they took turns and everyone got a chance to show off their skating skills. 

I am hesitant to complain about either of these things and here is why. I am so fucking proud that anyone is creating and hosting any cool event in Detroit, especially if it is free. They did do a great job on what i would assume was no budget and gave all of us a chance to get together and hang out in the city on Go Skateboarding Day. This is hopefully the start of more and more events that people will hold downtown. These guys are bringing people back down to the city and creating a buzz. So I say despite the road bumps, this was an awesome idea and fun event.

I really hope we get to see the X Games in Detroit in 2014!


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