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surfers seeking to replicate the sensation
of riding waves on land by attaching
wheels to shorter surfboards.
Termed " asphalt surfers, " this new
sport gained momentum throughout
the 1960s, culminating in the invention
of the " Ollie " in 1978, heralding
the rise of street skateboarding.
By the 1980s, skateboarding had
solidified as a fully-fledged sport
and subculture, with figures like
Tony Hawk pushing its boundaries.
In 2016, skateboarding made
its debut in the Summer Olympics.
Reflecting on his youth in Syracuse,
New York, Flusche recalled
a predominantly white, punk rock
skateboarding scene, which has
since diversified, embracing men
of color and hip hop as integral
components of its culture. With the
sport's evolution, female participation
also has increased. Lukacs, a
father of two daughters, envisions
teaching them to skate, highlighting
the growing diversity within the
skateboarding community.
Skate Parks Bring
People Together
Darren Harper is a prominent
Washington, D.C.-based skater who
helped promote the skate park study
through a collaboration with Montgomery
Parks. Harper, self-titled the
" Obama of Skateboarding, " started
the sport as a kid living in Southwest
D.C. in the early 1990s. " I would get
on the bus and go down to Freedom
Plaza [in downtown Washington,
D.C.] and skate when I was just 9 or
10 years old, " Harper recalls.
He had a deep passion for skateboarding
and displayed considerable
skill in the sport. However, Harper
faced criticism from peers who did
not understand his fascination with it.
" Some of my friends in the neighborhood
would accuse me of trying to
be white. [They'd say], 'Black dudes
Montgomery Parks' skate park
revival symbolizes a commitment
to fostering vibrant, inclusive
communities.
don't do that. Pick up a basketball or
football.' The peer pressure got bad. "
Harper acquiesced and turned
to a street life, but the call of skateboarding
always was present. Harper
recalls reconnecting with an old
skating friend who invited him to
visit
Southern California, where
they attended a skate trade show in
San Diego. He remembers meeting
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker
who offered the D.C. skater a clothing
endorsement deal. And just like
that, Harper's life changed. Without
the individuals he met while skating
at Freedom Plaza, who hailed from
various parts of the D.C. region,
this narrative would never have unfolded.
" Skate parks bring people
together, " Harper affirms.
Harper is now the father to two
daughters who he calls the " Venus
and Serena of skateboarding. " His
daughters - Demi, 9, and Tink,
13 - already have endorsement
deals and are competitive skaters. " I
skate with my girls every day after
school, " he says, proud that he can
share his love of skateboarding with
his daughters. " I was a street skater,
but to learn competition skating you
need to practice in a skate park. " He
plans to take his daughters to Montgomery
Parks' new skate parks
once they are built. Harper hopes
his daughters' skating will attract
more Black girls, and other girls in
general, to skating and inspire them
to challenge themselves.
The Harper family is one of many
eager to use the new skate parks. " We
thought adding five new skate parks
might be too many. We also thought
we would hear that people did not
want the skate parks in their neighborhoods.
But it turns out that people
want more parks and have them built
in their neighborhood, " says Flusche.
" We plan to build small neighborhood
skate parks and large action
sports parks that will draw visitors and
their dollars from all over the greater
D.C.-Maryland-Virginia
region
into
the local economy. We're only scratching
the surface on the demand for
these type of community amenities. "
Montgomery Parks' skate park
revival signifies more than just recreational
development; it symbolizes
a commitment to fostering vibrant,
inclusive communities. By embracing
diversity, promoting engagement
and honoring the transformative
power of skateboarding, Montgomery
Parks paves the way for a brighter,
more connected future for all.
SEE ALSO: " Creating Inclusive
Skate Parks, " Joe Eberling, Parks &
Recreation, February 2021, Vol. 56,
Iss. 2, tinyurl.com/4sdh3tv6; " Skate
Parks Benefit All, " Heidi Lemmon,
Parks & Recreation,
2022, Vol. 57, Iss. 11, tinyurl.com/
y8t28877.
Marika Carley is Public Relations and
Outreach Specialist at Montgomery Parks
(marika.carley@montgomeryparks.org).
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