The seventh annual Pagosa Springs Skate Competition will take place this Saturday, June 29, at the Yamaguchi Skate Park and will include a live DJ, plenty of food vendors and prize giveaways, with all proceeds from the event going towards the construction of the second phase of the skate park.
“This Saturday is the seventh annual competition fund-raiser,” Parks and Recreation Commission Chair Mike Musgrove announced. “It’s a fund-raiser, but it’s also a way to give the skaters a chance to showcase their abilities and keep the stoke alive by having an event down there for the kids. There will be a five dollar entry fee for the contestants, but it will be free for spectators to watch.”
The skate park is located in Yamaguchi Park near the Terrazzo structure, across South 5th Street from the high school football field.
“Competitor sign-up will begin at nine o’clock on Saturday morning,” Musgrove explained, “and the first competition, which is the Game of SKATE, will begin at 10. The game of SKATE is pretty straight forward: it’s basically like the game of HORSE with basketball. One person does a trick and then everyone else has to do the same trick to avoid getting a letter.”
Joe Weber and Zach Maun, two well-known names in the local skating community, will be running the street competition, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. This event will be a “best trick” competition and it will be divided into age groups. In the past, contestants have ranged in age from 6 to 36. While Pagosa has a strong skating community, the event has attracted participants from a number of surrounding communities, particularly Durango.
“There will be prizes and giveaways for the competitors,” Musgrove continued. “There will be food and a DJ, and we will have T-shirts for sale. Subway donated a six-foot sub, so we will be selling slices of that for a dollar each. We’ve got some pizzas from DSP and we will sell slices of that for a couple dollars each. All of the food will be donated to help us raise money. We will be selling tiles for donors and we will be doing another plaque.”
Besides his work with the Pagosa Springs Parks and Recreation Commission, Musgrove is also a member of The Skaters Coalition for Concrete, which is presenting this competition and fund-raiser. According to their website (www.skaterscoalitionforconcrete.com), they are a community-based, not-for-profit group of skateboarding supporters dedicated to working with the Town of Pagosa Springs to facilitate the construction of a concrete skateboard park in Pagosa Springs.
“We have teamed up with the Colorado Coalition for Public Skate Parks,” Musgrove explained, “which is a 501(c)(3) out of Denver. They are our fiscal sponsor so we have a non-profit status. If you click on the ‘Donate’ button on our website, we have a PayPal account set up for phase two, which is a really cool feature that I don’t think a lot of people know about. It’s all tax deductible; we send out tax receipts at the end of the year. We just finished the signage at the skate park. We installed all of the donor tiles and the recognition plaque this weekend.”
Besides a number of private individual and business donors, the first phase of the skate park was funded with $50,000 of Archuleta County A1 funds and $30,000 from the Town of Pagosa Springs. The town also donated the land in Yamaguchi Park where the site is located. In addition, the town is pursuing grant opportunities for the second phase of the project to supplement whatever funds the skaters are able to raise.
“We got a pretty substantial donation from The Springs Resort,” Musgrove said. “They initially committed fifty thousand dollars, so they are giving us ten thousand dollars a year for five years. They gave us ten thousand in 2011 for the first phase, and then ten thousand in 2012 and ten thousand in 2013, so we’ve got twenty thousand right now, and the estimated cost for phase two is eighty thousand.”
The Skaters Coalition for Concrete has a well established history of hosting successful events, dating back to the first skate competition in July 2006, which was held at the old facilities in South Park and attracted more than 50 people. The event has grown every year, and the public is encouraged to come out, enjoy the display of athletic talent and show support for local youth.