"I would really like to see the public come out and see that this is a bunch of regular kids who need a safe place to skate and instead of being shunned away all the time," CCSC representative Roberta Weliever recently told The Brazil Times about the upcoming fundraising event. "They really are a great bunch of kids."
Registration for the event begins at 10:30 a.m.
Weliever said skaters of all ages have to sign waivers and release of liability forms before they show off their skills on a course that includes a ramp, grind boxes, rails and other equipment. Skaters are also encouraged to collect donations for their participation during the event. The skate course will be open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Other than watching "skaters" perform their "Tricktionarys" -- or bag of tricks -- Weliever said there would also be many family oriented events and entertainment available during the Skate-A-Thon.
Concessions will be available and a DJ Bruce Wesley is scheduled to provide entertainment. Hula Hoop contests and a corn hole game will be available.
Those interested, can dunk local celebrities at the dunk tank -- with the first ball thrown auctioned off to the highest bidder -- at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Songsters can enjoy Karaoke from 1-3 p.m., and the Ida Mae Sheriff Band is scheduled to perform from 3-5 p.m.
Early registration forms are available by calling Roberta Weliever at 443-0611.
Recently, the skate park committee purchased material for a park, including skatepark ramps, quarter pipes, half pipes, banks, grind boxes, ledges, rails and steps, from a skate park located in Danville, Ind., for $36,000. The purchase was an estimated saving of more than $100,000 for the committee.
After narrowing down hundreds of other grant proposals to a group of 22, Weliever announced the Tony Hawk Foundation (THF) recently notified the committee it was awarded a $5,000 grant.
"The THF people were very interested in our project and they were very helpful," Weliever said. "All kinds of people and local businesses are supportive and helping with the project. I'm always being stopped by someone who tells me they support the project."
The committee believes they will need an additional $40,000 to complete the project.
However, Weliever knows there are those against the idea for whatever their reasons.
"We really understand the Brazil City Parks and Recreation Board's budget issues, and a lot of people are working hard to resolve that," she said. "I guess what I don't understand is only looking at the negatives."
According to her knowledge and research, Weliever said most skateparks throughout the country are doing quite well. A big key to success is the placement of a skatepark, which has been an issue locally. Much of the debate has centered on whether or not to move forward with the project and whether it should be developed at Craig Park or Forest Park.
"The real key to success is making sure the skatepark is visible to the community," Weliever said. "It just makes it safer for the skaters, the people who come out to watch and the public in general. And that is the main point, making sure that these kids have a safe place to skate."
Extreme sports laws
According to laws set forth in the state of Indiana, there are rules regarding what is considered "extreme sports" and certain liability issues, which include:
An "extreme sport area," for purposes of Indiana Code 34-13-3, means an indoor or outdoor ramp, course, or area specifically designated for the exclusive recreational or sporting use of one or more types of extreme sport equipment.
This term does not include property used at any time as a public sidewalk, footpath, vehicle parking lot, multiple use trail, multiple use greenway and/or other public areas.
According to IC 34-6-2-44.6, "extreme sports equipment" includes a non-motorized wheeled apparatus used in a recreational or sporting nature that is powered solely by the physical efforts of the user such as skateboards, roller skates, inline skates and freestyle and/or mountain bicycles.
The liability at extreme sports parks are also defined by various Indiana Codes, including IC 34-6-2, IC 34-30-19-5, IC 34-13-3-3 and IC 34-6-2-44.5.
The state provides that public and private owners and operators of extreme sports parks or recreation areas are immune from civil damages for injuries caused by extreme sports as long as certain rules are followed.
If the extreme sports park or recreation area is designed and/or maintained for the purpose of extreme sports use, a set of rules (including the times the area is considered open for skaters) and warnings concerning the hazards and dangers associated with the use of the facility whether open or closed must be clearly posted at each entrance.
This creates a "skate at your own risk" rule, thus making operators of extreme sports parks or recreation areas immune from civil damages for injuries.