Room to fly
By JARED LEONE
Published July 27, 2007
Skateboarders' days of being relegated to parking lots and abandoned properties are long gone. These days, taxpayers help finance special facilities just for the wheeled set. A look at those public parks in North Pinellas County, all of which are outdoor facilities.
Greater Palm Harbor YMCA Branch, 1600 16th St., Palm Harbor. (727) 787-9622.
Cost: YMCA members free. Skatepark pass available for $5 for non-members and pass holders. Helmets, elbow pads, knee and wrist guards required.
Hours: Monday though Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The facility is bikes-only Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Park size: 10,000 square feet.
Obstacles: 4-foot quarter pipe, a pyramid with fun boxes and rails, a mission control center with stairs and rails spread out over a smooth concrete surface.
Ross Norton Recreation and Aquatic Complex and Extreme Sports Park, 1426 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater; (727) 462-6025
Cost: $2 with recreation card, $4 without. Helmet and signed liability waiver required.
Hours: Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays: Noon to 5 p.m.
Bikes permitted on Tuesday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Park size: 30,000 square feet.
Obstacles: Six quarter pipes, a half pipe, multiple rails, stairs and a six-stair handrail, grind boxes, plastic benches and wedges.
Amenities: Bleachers, shaded picnic tables, water fountain, bathrooms, vending machines, pro shop.
Bicentennial Park, 423 Lafayette Blvd. (813) 749-1290
Cost: Free with recreation card, $5.35 otherwise. Helmets, wrist guards, elbow and knee pads required.
Hours: Monday through Friday: 2 to 9 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Features: The 2,400-square-foot outdoor facility features a 6-foot quarter pipe, a 5-foot quarter pipe, a 3-foot quarter pipe, a pyramid with flat rails and a couple other ramps all set up on top of a smooth riding surface. The park is fenced and lighted.
Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave.; (727) 518-3016.
Cost: Free with a signed liability waiver on file. Helmet required.
Hours: Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.
Park size: 14,000 square feet.
Obstacles: 6-foot tall half pipe, fun boxes with rails, a 6-foot quarter-pipe, a roll-in ramp, a flat rail and round rail, a steep bank and more.
Amenities: Covered bleachers, water fountain, lights.
Safety Harbor Community Center, 650 Ninth Ave S. (727) 724-1530.
Cost: Annual pass $30 for residents; $45 for nonresidents with a signed liability waiver. Weekly pass: $2 for residents; $3 nonresidents. Helmet required.
Hours: Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday: Noon to 6 p.m.
Park size: 6,000 square feet.
Obstacles: 10 challenging pieces including three quarter pipes of differing sizes, a 4-foot miniramp, an 8-foot-long straight grind rail and a mission control center, a skate playhouse of stairs and ramps and rails.
Amenities: The park is fenced and lighted.
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