Jake Peltzer

Jake Peltzer

International Skateboard Day rocks in Rosemont

Today the Nelson & District Youth Centre is hosting a fundraising hotdog sale alongside activities with skateboard ambassador, Matt LeBlanc.

Skateboarders were in their element today as they joined the zeal of international skateboarding day at the new skatepark in Nelson. The Nelson and District Youth Centre (NDYC) is hosting a fundraising hotdog sale alongside activities with skateboard ambassador, Matt LeBlanc. A scavenger hunt will run all day with a chance to win a brand new skate board from Tribute.

LeBlanc’s role for the summer is to advocate etiquette for park users and parents. He will also run skate camps starting July 7 for two to four weeks operated through the Nelson and District Community Centre.

As part of his role, Matt will help educate park users about the established ground rules for everyone’s safety and enjoyment. Here are some general skatepark guidelines for park users  that LeBlanc can elaborate on.

Basic skate park guidelines:

Wait your turn and watch out for others.

All obstacles at the park are intended for riding; the flat spots are not for lounging.

Follow the flow of traffic and avoid marathon runs.

Adult or parent supervision is advisable especially for beginners and ride at your own risk.

It is important to remember that the community collaborated to build an advanced skate park. LeBlanc will be at the skate park this summer Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12 to 6 p.m. The Nelson Outdoor Skatepark can be found at the end of West Beasley Street, beside the BMX and mountain bike dirt track, in the Rosemont suburb of Nelson.

For more information on skate camps, see the Nelson Leisure guide at www.rdck.ca.