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Park Places: Scott Adams Skate Park

June 29th, 2012 2:50 pm by Carmen Musick

Park Places: Scott Adams Skate Park

The park will host "Xtreme Showdown 7" from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 14, as part of Fun Fest 2012.

The Tri-Cities region has plenty to offer in the way of recreational opportunities, including numerous city and county parks that give residents an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you're looking for a place to play or a quiet green space where you can get away from it all, chances are you won't have to look far.

The region's parks offer a wide range of activities, including playgrounds, picnic shelters, walking trails, bike paths, fishing holes, sports facilities and more. To help you make the most of the offerings, Sunday Stories is highlighting an area park each week. This week's featured park is the Scott Adams Skate Park in Kingsport.

Scott Adams Skate Park

Location: 717 W. Center Street, Kingsport

History: The grand opening of the Scott Adams Memorial Skate Park took place at noon, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005. The park is named in memory of Scott Adams, an avid young skateboarder who was killed when he tried to retrieve a skateboard that had rolled into the road. His family initiated fundraising to create the skate park. The project was also included in "K-PLAY," the Spirit Campaign.

About the Park: The park features approximately 10,000 square feet, has two bowls (one with a 12-foot drop in), a street course (with grinding rail and steps), and decorative stamped concrete. Adjacent to the concrete bowls are dirt moguls, which bikers use. Skateboards, bicycles and two wheel non-motorized scooters are welcome at the park. The park is unsupervised, but monitored by security cameras. There is an authorized Center Street pedestrian crossing that everyone is encouraged to use for safety. A long-range master plan includes an expansion of the street park elements, spectator areas and an upgrade of the central park building. The park is open from dawn to dark, daily, and admission is free. Helmets are encouraged, but not required.

Upcoming events: The park will host "Xtreme Showdown 7" from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 14, as part of Fun Fest 2012. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event or can be done in advance at the Angry Penguin Skate Shop. Angry Penguin Skate Shop is the prize sponsor for the Showdown.


For more information: 423-765-0134 and press #1 or 423-534-8025

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