It was a rainy late spring day, but that didn't stop hundreds of skateboarders both young and old from turning out April 23 to celebrate the renovation of Rhodes Skate Park in Boise.
"The impossible happens all the time around here," said Bieter. "Everybody's concerned that young people don't get out and move around enough; and childhood obesity is an issue we all face. But I've never seen a fat skateboarder."
While there were more than a few officials to share a microphone and exchange niceties, skaters were anxious to dive into the park's bowls and grind its rails.
More than three months later, on Saturday, Aug. 6, some of the best professional skateboarders in the world will gather for the official grand opening of Rhodes Park.
The Boise Skateboard Association
is putting the finishing touches on plans for the event, but they're already promising the appearance of more than a dozen champion skateboarders, including Nyjah Huston (reported to have won more more prize money than any skateboarder in history), Brandon Westgate, Nick Garcia, Greyson Fletcher, Chad Tim Tim, Mason Silva, Mark Appleyard, Julian Davidson, Tom Schaar, Chris Colburn, Dominick Walker, Ethan Loy and more.
Aside from skating celebrities, the grand opening—presented by Mesa, Calif.-based board and apparel company Element—will have vendors and food trucks set up in the parking lot behind Boise Fire Station No. 5. As a result, a stretch of W. Front Street will be closed to traffic through much of the day.
Rhodes Park is already a destination and it will soon have some company in the area. Element CEO Johnny Schillereff says he has plans to build a 3,000-square-foot space near the park on Americana Boulevard, which will feature an artist showroom upstairs and a pop-up retail shop/community center on the ground floor.