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Multitude of activities during Skate-A-Thon

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Clay Community Skatepark Committee member Roberta Weliever walked with some local skaters during the 2009 Loyalty Day parade in May. Times Staff File Photo. [Order this photo]
The Clay Community Skatepark Committee hopes the public will come out Saturday and enjoy the Skate-A-Thon at Walmart, 2150 East National Ave., Brazil.

"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.

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Kudos to Mrs. Weliever for the hard work she's been doing!

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 1:17 AM

I think everyone should check out Brazil's skate boarders video on youtube under brazilsky.

-- Posted by donalde on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 6:01 PM

Donalde, the u-tube video you have mentioned represents only a tiny fraction of skaters. I saw one of the skaters on the video with his mother while shopping the other day. His family will be heartbroken when they see the video. Your attempt to put all skaters in the same 'box' shows you as being narrow, biased, and prejudiced. By mentioning it on this site only shows that you indeed are trying to undermine the efforts at building a much-needed skatepark in Brazil. The skaters in Brazil like all kids, need a safe place to recreate. It would be like saying if a child broke a window while playing baseball he is bad, so why build a ball diamond for all baseball players to play the game they love.

-- Posted by Clay County Skatepark Advocate on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 9:12 PM

Donalde, I hope your video doesn't influence the younger skaters. I shall remain open and attend the event so much hard work has been put into. Why would you post this video when it could be very harmful to the cause? Your attempt to be "cute" only shows your lack of respect and committment to the skatepark committee. I refuse to catagorize these skaters. I can only hope they will show the respect and graditude to spectators that will continue to raise the much needed funds to complete this project. I have no interest in skateboarding but I have great interest in the youth of Brazil. Old school advice, Donalde, you owe a great apology to Mrs. Weliever, and the skateboard committee.

-- Posted by mamawpam on Fri, Jun 19, 2009, at 1:48 AM

This was not my video I'm am a adult. I think you owe me a very great apology to me. Mrs. Weliever need to look at the whole picture and beside I'm still for the skate park, but it to be suported on it own. What happen after they get it put in and the city do like Danville and sell it? Negative comments may hurt, but need to be address not just say not all skate boarders.

-- Posted by donalde on Fri, Jun 19, 2009, at 3:52 AM


What is your deal with the skateboarders? There is some type of bad element everywhere you go in this city, county, state, country, world. Why only focus on the negative? How about focusing on some of the positive things kids in this community are doing. Newsflash: Kids do bad stuff. NOT just kids that skateboard. Adults do bad stuff too. I don't think all the police are bad just because one was recently terminated. I can't believe that you would even have people go look at video of teenagers being teenagers. I hope if you have children they are perfect. Good luck with that. Get over your negativity.

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Fri, Jun 19, 2009, at 7:47 AM

Truth hurt.Now brazilsky has a new video good kids.Seeing whole picture not just what you want to see and hear.

-- Posted by donalde on Fri, Jun 19, 2009, at 10:17 AM

I never mis stated the truth. I know there are kids who start trouble. I also know that for every one of them, there are 10 more who don't. I also know that EVERY person deserves a chance to show they can be good. Kids do dumb stuff. It happens. Thats the truth. But don't punish or categorize all the skateboarders as bad just because of a stupid video. That is a fraction of the skateboard community. Get a hobby dude and stop picking on these kids.

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Fri, Jun 19, 2009, at 10:35 AM

Donalde, Sorry, I thought you were one of the persons in the video. So my mistake means you brought this video to everyones attention to hurt the skatepark committee. I know there will be problems with the kids at times. I know we have problems with all ages and the meth addictions. Does that make everyone bad? Lots of good wishes to the skateathon.

-- Posted by mamawpam on Fri, Jun 19, 2009, at 11:50 AM

I didn't hurt the skate park committee the skate boarders who may the video did. Now they have been arrested.

-- Posted by donalde on Fri, Jun 19, 2009, at 2:03 PM

Who was arrested that was in brazilsky?

I was the editor of the video itself.

People of Brazil:

The video was not made to implement a negative opinion towards the people involved in the creation of the video. The video trailers made public showed the more childish side of the skaters involved. The video, now currently has been deleted due to a virus on the computer which it was being created. The video, in itself, was intended to show the negative effects of Brazil on its youth, and the use of narcotics and alcohol and how it really does influence the younger generation. The video, in its full production, showed the progression of the skaters involved, and how they matured and became more aware of the biased influence of the town to degrade anyone or anything that isn't "by the book", and more respectful of the spots they skated. It was done at night due to the police and other negatively-based people causing problems for any recording to be done during the day, and the spots are much less populated at night, reducing the chance of anyone being in the way of vehicles, pedestrians, and creating a safer, more comfortable environment for the skaters. I was conveniently involved in the production of Brazilsky, knew everyone involved, and all these people are good citizens, and mostly law abiding, to my knowledge, and were NOT the kids going around vandalizing property and tearing apart any possessions at any location, what so ever. And to be honest, according to all the skaters in the video, they "just wanted to skate, have fun, and be a part of something honest." The video brought these people together under a common banner, bringing them to be more aware of their lives ahead. There was a friends section part of the video that included the younger talent that was seen during recording in Brazil, and was to highlight that it's not just teens and young adults participating, but even children. Brazilsky through my eyes, during production, was an experience of my life I will never forget, and the stories told by the video, and the stories of those involved, are some of the best that I have ever heard.

In honesty, back in school, we raised over $800 to help fund the skatepark. We thought it all went to sports equipment, after hearing this throughout the town. Thank God for Mrs. Weliever and her dedication, as now the skate park is underway.

In conclusion, the video was supposed to be a story of the skaters involved, and show their lives through thick and thin. The beginning showed a less mature outlook on their lives and futures, with the skaters progressing more and more toward a healthier, more respectful outlook on life. The people involved with Brazilsky are sorry that it has caused such an uproar amongst the site and town, and we're also sorry that you thought we were drug addicts. In fact, none of us have ever touched "meth". We didn't mean to portray a negative look on skateboarders in Brazil, and we are sorry for that occurrence. Last, but not least, the skateboarders in this town should not be stereotyped by what we created, as what was public was NOT the full story of the video.

-- Posted by rezz1 on Mon, Aug 9, 2010, at 8:35 PM

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