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As Gypsum skatepark opens, skateboard community has plenty to be stoked about

    The growth of Mountain Rec’s summer camps, coupled with Sk8 Gypsum’s role in building the park, have fostered a healthy skate culture

    “I’m hoping now when those kids pass each other in the hallway, despite their different social circles, that they still can say ‘hi’ to each other because they skate together,” said Godinez. “They share something in common – which, a lot of parents never thought it would be skateboarding.” 
    Ben Roof/Courtesy photo

    In a 1998 Vail Trail story, Dan Thomas wrote that terrain parks exist solely for sportswriters “to use the word ‘stoked’ once a year.” 

    Well, now is the time. 

    “I would say the skate community is super healthy,” said Jason Schetrompf when asked about the state of the Eagle County skateboard union ahead of Friday’s grand opening of Gypsum’s new skatepark.

    A theme emerges when tracing the sport’s regional evolution from more than two decades ago when a $4,500 grant from the Vail/Eagle Valley Rotary Club “helped the (Lionshead) park replace the Masonite ramps and obstacles with more durable sheet metal”

    As the mountain towns’ bourgeoning, inclusive skateboard culture fuses with a community eager to nurture its growth, the outcomes are — to use another worn-out, old-school board-sport phrase — totally rad.