PARKERSBURG -About 50 skateboarders participated in the Get Me Off the Streets" Skate Competition and Concert at Corning Park Saturday.
"This is something we can do to get the community involved in what we do," said Alan Hughes, vice president of the Parkersburg Skate Plaza Foundation.
Ramps from Alpha Omega Board Shop in Williamstown were set up in the parking lot for skateboarders and bikers.
Photo by Jolene Craig
Jordan McCullough, 14, of Parkersburg gets airborne as he jumps a ramp in Corning Park Saturday during the second Get Me Off the Streets Skate Competition and Concert.
Hughes said last year's event was a fundraiser for the skate plaza and this year's will be to maintain the skate park that will soon be built at Fort Neal Park off Camden Avenue near the Elite Sports Center.
"We have raised all of the money we need for the construction, but we will need funds for upkeep and that is what this event and future ones will be about," Hughes said.
The day not only included skaters showing off their moves, but also live music.
"This is bigger than the last where we had only one band and this time we have four," Hughes said.
The bands included Matt James and The Progress Notes, Marc Noland, Living On Stolen Time and Revulvas.
This is the second event the skatepark group has held at Corning Park and Hughes expects next year's to be at their skate plaza.
"We look forward to having our own park so we can get skaters from other areas and bigger bands," he said.
Douglas Corbin, 13, of Parkersburg said that he also looks forward to the new skate plaza.
"I have been kicked out of most places I've skated and we really need something here for us to go to," Corbin said. "After it opens, I will be there every day."
The committee has raised more than $300,000 from organizations and companies as well as federal grants and others from the Tony Hawk Foundation, the Oakland Foundation, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, the McDonough Foundation and the state.
The Parkersburg skate plaza will likely be 15,000 to 18,000 square-foot and construction is expected to begin this fall.