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.