Village sets ‘Wreck the Deck’ skateboarding competition

By Gary Alan Ruse….

Skateboarding enthusiasts enjoy facilities at Palmetto Bay Park’s skate park.

Skateboarding enthusiasts from the ages of 8 to 19 are being invited to participate in the “Wreck the Deck” competition being conducted by the Village of Palmetto Bay on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As part of the celebration of the village’s designation as a 2010 Playful City, USA by the national non-profit playground organization KaBOOM!, Palmetto Bay is hosting the special event for active skateboarders and fans alike, with prizes, food and other attractions for a great family day.

The site of “Wreck the Deck” is Palmetto Bay Park’s skate park facility, which opened July 14, 2006. The park features a pair of quarter pipes for contestants to perform aerial tricks as well as a pyramid, a bank ramp and a variety of rails and benches, according to Bill Kress, public information officer for the village.

“The competition is open to skaters ages 8-19, and prizes include skate decks, Wii games, Nike products, T-shirts and more,” Kress said.

Contestants sign up by category — beginner, intermediate and advanced — and registration for the event begins at 10 a.m. with competition getting underway at noon. It will conclude with a best trick contest.

“Competitors must bring their own helmet to be worn during runs, and minors must have parental or guardian consent signed on the day of the event,” Kress added.

The event is free and open to the public, and while the main attraction of Palmetto Bay’s Play Day will be the skateboard competition, the event will feature fun for the whole family, including music, face painting, video game contests, a bounce house and more.

There is a $15 registration fee for those participating in the skate competition, but this includes a seven-day skate park pass, a T-shirt and lunch. Payment is by cash only and there is no advance registration.

Village Mayor Eugene Flinn commented about the event at the Sept. 13 village council meeting.

“Palmetto Bay is proud to be named a 2010 Playful City, USA, and we hope our residents and our neighbors will come enjoy ‘Wreck the Deck,’ our official Play Day,” Flinn said. “We are committed to creating more play opportunities for our residents, and we are looking forward to many more Play Days.”

Helping make the event possible with their financial support are community business sponsors: Infinity Auto Insurance, JAV Auto Tag Agency Inc., Maroone Nissan of Kendall, Howard Palmetto Baseball Softball Association and Sunstate Bank.

Palmetto Bay Park is located at 17535 SW 95 Ave., just off S. Dixie Highway (US1), with ample parking.

For more information, contact Mary at 305-234-6383 or by email at

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