Summer time is here.  That means nice weather, and nice weather means people are going to want to be spending more time outside. Naturally, people are going to be spending a lot of time at the beach, or riding bikes around the beach.  But for some people, this nice weather means much more.

Go Skateboarding Day, a holiday now in its eleventh year, will be taking place this weekend on June 20 and 21.  The event, which started out as a way to get make skateboarding more accessible to the world, has taken on fire ever since its inception, and this is especially the case in Jacksonville.

Martin Ramos, owner of Kona skate park, has been celebrating the event ever since it began in 2004. The event has grown so large, in fact, that they have had to move it to downtown’s Hemming Park. “We do something every year,” Ramos said. “We try to do all age family stuff.  We usually have about 3,000 people show up.”

Go Skate Day 2014 (7)

The turnout is due in large part to the fact that the event is centered around the idea of bringing the community together.

“When we started doing the event downtown, there weren’t that many people [that would be in that area],” Ramos said.  “Suddenly [with the event being held], you’ve got thousands of people. It’s a totally free event. It’s great for the local economy, and we usually have a bunch of local businesses come down there.”

The event is very important to the skate culture, and, of course, it wouldn’t be complete without the various “No Skateboarding Signs” that will most certainly be present while thousands of locals celebrate the event.

So, if you are looking for a good way to spend your Father’s Day weekend, take him down to Hemming Plaza for the event. Maybe you could even take advantage of the free skating lessons that will be held.  You’ll have all summer to hit the beach, so take advantage of this cool local event and get out there and go skateboarding.

Watch this video from last year’s event.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dckjy8SaIlo