Competition Heats Up June 28 for Hazelwood’s Summer BMX/Skate Event

Local BMX riders and skateboarders who live by the mantra of “Go Big or Go Home” will be dazzling the crowd with their amazing stunts  at this year’s 8th Annual Summer BMX/Skate Competition scheduled for Friday, June 28.  The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Hazelwood Skate Park located behind the Community Center, 1186 Teson Road, at White Birch Park.

This event is a cooperative venture between the Hazelwood Parks and Recreation Division and PlanNine Skate Park.  For a $7 entry fee, participants can go air borne and show off their skills on either BMX bikes or skateboards.

The competition will be divided into two age categories:  Age 15 & Under and Age 16 & Over.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division.  Those interested in signing up can do so at the Hazelwood Community Center or with Active Net online.  However, all participants must sign a waiver or have a signed waiver on file in order to compete.

“Last year, we had BMX riders catching air about six or eight feet above our biggest ramp,” said Pam Reynolds, facility manager of the Hazelwood Community Center.  “If you like watching extreme sports on TV, you’ll enjoy watching these kids defy gravity and raise the ante during each round. “ Plus, the admission is free for all spectators.

Other features of the program include loud techno-rock music to pump up the crowd, raffles for a BMX bike and skateboard, and a whole lot more.  Afterwards, cool down at Hazelwood’s Aquatic Center for its first Midnight Dive Session of the season.  The event is open to people of all ages; however, children age 14 & under must be accompanied by an adult.  Event time: 9 p.m. – Midnight.  Fees: $4 Resident-Child / $5 Resident-Adult; $7 NonResident-Child / $8 NonResident-Adult.

Enjoy playing on all the amenities, including two diving boards at the competition pool, under the moon and stars.  Karaoke contest offered as well.

This facility behind the Hazelwood Community Center can be used by BMX riders and skateboarders.  Amenities include two half pipes, spines, grind rails, and ramps.  A dragan back element was added last year to help launch skateboarders higher in the air.  Hours of operation during the summer are: Monday-Thursday, 12  to 8 pm; Friday and Saturday, 12  to 5 pm; and Sunday, 2 to 8 pm.  Since it’s an outdoor facility, the temperature must be at least 50 degrees for it to be open.  Daily user fees are $1 for residents and $2 for non-residents.  Guests must fill out a participation waiver and turn it into the Parks and Recreation Office prior to using the Skate Park.  Safety helmets and pads can be rented for $1 each.  Accessories such as helmets, pads, and bike tubes can be purchased as well.

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