At long last, Jacksonville Beach has its very own skate park. The mayor and several other city council members, along with the folks at Team Pain, who helped the park come to life, set the scene on a freezing-cold morning today near the South Beach Park and Sunshine Playground.
After some introductory speeches from key players behind the park, the mayor and Hunter Aldridge (a local student at Fletcher who the mayor said asked him for a skate park many years ago) cut the ribbon and officially opened the park.
While only special groups or individuals were allowed to test it out before, now, the park is open to everyone … and it didn’t take long for the park to become swarmed with eager skaters. Shortly after the ribbon-cutting ceremony and a quick demo by Tyler Kirshenbaum, tons of people began to test out the new park, so expect it to be quite busy for awhile.
Ever since 2007, the city toyed with the idea of building a skate park for locals to call their own. Now, the City, Team Pain and many other dedicated locals have given our community this amazing park.
We want to give a big thanks to the guys over at Team Pain Skateparks, our local skateboarding community, Mayor Charlie Latham, the Jax Beach City Council and the countless other locals who made this happen.
Browse our recap photos of the park’s grand opening below: