Multiple reports suggest that skateboarding is one of the fastest growing sporting trends in America.  Skateboarding is increasingly popular among elementary to high school aged kids as well as early adults.  A person of any age, athletic ability, or body type can pick up a board and begin skating.  With that being said, it is not always easy, but with a little diligence and a lot of hard work a person can become a very proficient skateboarder.

The no rules-anything goes freedom that skateboarding encompasses, permits skaters to be individuals through their skate styles while being part of a much larger group.  Not only does skating give at-risk kids, that would not participate in ‘standard school sports’, the chance to belong to a group, but it also allows them the opportunity to get the recommended amount of physical activity suggested in the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

So why am I telling you all of this?  Kearney is currently in the process of bringing a skate park to the city.  The plan is to build a 10,000-square-foot concrete skatepark at the south end of Apollo Park.  It will be located in the green space between the in-line skating rink and basketball courts.

Skatepark for Kearney Pancake Feed
This places the skatepark in a visible, easy accessible location which will crack down on mischievous behavior and bring interest and support to the sport.  The skate plaza will have beginning, intermediate, and advanced skill elements making it fun for skaters of any level.

Wondering how you can help?  On April 2, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. there will be a Skatepark Fundraiser Pancake Feed at the Harmon Park Activity Center.  It is freewill donation and a raffle will be held for gift cards, a Longboard and much more.  Raffle tickets are one for $1 or six for $5 with all proceeds going to the skate park.  For more information join their facebook page at,  www.facebook.com/skateparkforkearney.

Photo of Kyle Kyle is a Exercise Science major, interning with Activate Buffalo County. His favorite ways to live an active and healthy lifestyle include running, cycling, and playing soccer.