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Annual skateboard competition Saturday

The Pagosa Springs Skaters Coalition for Concrete (SCC) will host the fourth annual skateboard competition at the South Pagosa Park skate park Saturday, Aug. 15.

The SCC, a group of skateboarding supporters working with the Town of Pagosa Springs to facilitate the construction of a concrete skateboard park, has organized multiple fund-raising events. Over the past four years, the group has organized six pro-skateboarding events, including an indoor skateboard event, and a winter snowboard competition.

The Town of Pagosa Springs has committed to match all funds raised by the community toward construction of a new skate park, as well as to designate a place for the park to be built. The SCC’s current goal is to raise $30,000 in donations and grants, and through its efforts has so far raised more than $20,000.

This summer’s competition will involve the community more than ever. The day will begin with free skateboard lessons for kids at 10 a.m. (just bring a skateboard), with DJ Derrik playing on the tables all morning. Live music featuring Mind Ur Head will start at noon and go throughout the afternoon.

The competition starts at 1 p.m., and the competitors can sign up as early as 10 a.m., with an entry fee of $5. A generous Colorado-based non-profit organization will give out free skateboard helmets to anyone who attends the event to keep our skaters safe. Local and big-name companies have donated merchandise to give out, raffle off, and award to winners throughout the day — so don’t miss this event!

With the current skate park getting increasingly more dangerous as the summer progresses, a safe place to practice the sport is becoming ever more necessary. The SCC hopes this summer’s competition will be the most successful so far, giving the group the biggest nudge yet in the attempt to meet the fund-raising goal.

The main objective of this event is to pull the community together and show the Town of Pagosa that a new skate park is greatly supported. There is no charge to be part of the crowd, so bring your family down and help us raise the community’s awareness of skateboarding.

For more information, call Charlie at 759-5960 or visit the SCC Web site at: www.skaterscoalitionforconcrete.com.