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Interest in Ann Arbor Skatepark Growing

Apr 14, 2014

It's still a little over two months before the opening day for the new skatepark in Ann Arbor, but interest in skating already seems to be growing.  The skatepark's grand opening is set for June 21st, which is International Go Skating Day.

Jason Shepard at Ann Arbor's Red Belly Boardshop
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Jason Shepard is the manager of Ann Arbor's Red Belly Boardshop on Plymouth.  According to Shepard the early feedback on how the skatepark is developing is positive.  


Shepard says in the last few months they have sold skateboards and gear to people from four years old to parents in their 40's.  He encourages anyone thinking of skating to get a helmet first and foremost, but also elbow, wrist, and knee pads, especially when starting to learn how to skate. 

He believes the skatepark will boost sales at stores like his, as well as all the businesses near Veteran's Memorial Park once the skatepark is open.  That's because skateboaders from across south-east Michigan are likely going to come to try out the new facility.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.