Video: 60 Seconds Of Skate Park Action

Bryan Dubois
Mar 23, 2010

59 seconds to be exact, and it's straight to the point.

Video below:  (Don't forget to watch it in "HQ" -- high quality)

I can't tell you the exact history of the Sandusky skate park, but I do remember that some local teenagers raised $80,000 to build the facility.  The city agreed to let them build it downtown and it gets used every nice day of the year.  I'm told that sometimes the parking lot is packed on the weekends.  And alternative sports have been getting bigger and bigger since the "X Games" have come out.  These young guys aren't just vagrants who indulge in a 'weird' sport in which nobody is interested.  These guys are athletes - and athletic events make money.  (Especially athletes who are driven by fun and genuine interest instead of huge annual salaries.)

Here's what I'm getting at:

Has anyone floated the idea of building an alternative sports complex inside the Sandusky Bay Pavilion?  If the existing ramp system is moved inside the pavilion, then the only additional type of ramp needed to hold professional events would be a half pipe.  Easily built.  Half pipes are frequently built inside swimming pools and bleachers could be built around the perimeter.  The existing ramp system could be re-located from where it is now (next to the municipal building) to inside the yellow box inside the Sandusky Bay Pavilion:

This idea doesn't jive with the Sandusky oligarchy's Marina District Master Plan, but an economic development plan B needs to be devised because the MD project looks more and more like the market is going to kill it.  How many empty condos does Sandusky need on the market before they realize that it's just hopes and dreams and not reality?  Even if the MD gets built - that doesn't mean it will be successful.  Even if it's succesful doesn't mean it's a good legacy for the city.

So anyway:  Alternative Sports Complex.  Sandusky Bay Pavilion.  Just an idea.  Kick it around.

Comments

Exxcellent
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I thought you said you weren't going to let the Register do this on your blog.
Bryan Dubois

Cracker,  I erased the comments, not the staff of the Register.  The comments were false personal attacks.  I'm kicking around opening up a thread to discuss the issue.   I understand that certain people are curious and it would give them a chance to ask their questions.  If you'd like to discuss it, send me a personal message because this thread should be about the idea of a skate park in Sandusky Bay Pavilion.

Oliver Hardy

Firelands411,  Instead of "kicking around the idea" just do it. I have a LOT of questions to ask. I want to see who is telling the truth here. You say that it was a false personal attack. Joe Baumgartner says something else. It would be a very interesting topic to discuss and should generate a LOT of comments. But do allow Joe to participate as I want to hear both sides of the issue. I might give you some points on this. But why did you use the Sandusky Register Guidelines?

 

Karl Hungus-Mr....

"If the existing ramp system is moved inside the pavilion, then the only additional type of ramp needed to hold professional events would be a half pipe"

I attended an X-games event in Virginia Beach and the set up was larger and more elaborate than the skate park downtown.  There also was more than just a skatepark and half-pipe involved.  It was a competition to qualify for the actual X-games.  It did draw a crowd though.