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Snacks, shenanigans in pipeline

The Kolb Park skate park opens Saturday. Users will need permits and safety equipment.

By JULIANNE WU, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 5, 2002

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH -- A grand opening for the new skate park at Kolb Park will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and go until sunset.

It is for skateboarders and those with inline or roller skates only. No bikes, scooters or other equipment will be allowed.

The 9,500-square-foot skate park, approved by the City Commission in October, will finally open for those with permits to skate there. It is just east of Campalong Field by Bay Palm Boulevard and across from City Hall.

Saturday's grand opening will include hot dogs and soda, prizes and giveaways, said City Manager Tom Brobeil.

Permits can be obtained Saturday or from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at City Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd. The permits, valid until Dec. 30, are $2.50 for city residents and $5 for nonresidents.

To register, you must have a driver's license or utility bill with an Indian Rocks Beach address on it and two 2-by-2-inch photos. Those under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign a consent form.

Also, kids will need a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads and wrist guards.

"We will strictly enforce the rules," Brobeil said. "On Saturday and other days, city personnel and the (Pinellas County) sheriff's department will be monitoring the park."

Last week, Brobeil reported, some youngsters were upset that the park wasn't open yet. "They tried to make their own skate park by moving several picnic tables. As a result, some of the picnic tables (used as ramps) were damaged."

The Kolb Park skate park will feature five obstacles of intermediate difficulty, Brobeil said. The total cost is $118,092, with $63,750 of that coming from a state grant.

The skate park will be open from 10 a.m. to sunset Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For information, call 595-2517.

- Information from Times files used in this report.

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