Vandenberg to host Skate-a-Palooza
By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 08, 2010
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Vandenberg Youth Center is scheduled to host Skate-a-Palooza from noon to 4 p.m. April 10 at the Vandenberg Skate Park here.
The free event will feature food and drinks, live music by local band Parley, skate demonstrations, giveaways provided by One Way Boardshop, an obstacle course, rock wall and more.
"I recently took up skateboarding and quickly found how many people actually do skate on and off base," said Senior Airman Zachary Martin, who coordinated the event with Senior Airman Marcus Cordero and Mrs. Ariana Cordero. "We wanted something fun for the skaters while still sending a safety message and showing people that don't skate what talent these young people have ... maybe convince a few people to take up the sport."
For both new and experienced skaters, the key message is helmet safety.
"While scrapes and broken bones are serious injuries, brain damage and head trauma are life altering injuries that can be prevented by simply wearing a helmet," Airman Martin said.
While the event will end at 4 p.m., the skate park will remain open until 6 p.m. Event coordinators are asking BMX riders to not bring their bikes to the event due to the large amount of skateboarders expected to use the park. For more information on the event, call the Vandenberg Youth Center at 606-2152.
The coordinators said they also need volunteers to help at the event with set up and tear down of the "inflatables" and the rock wall, as well help with cooking. Setup is projected for 9 a.m. and tear down will start at 4 p.m. To volunteer for the event, call Airman Cordero at 805-717-8013 or Airman Martin at 520-979-6919.