Archive for the ‘Outdoors Activities’ Category

Skaters vs. Street Punks

July 5, 2011

Akron Skate Park

Open from dawn until dusk
Directions
-Take I-77 South (from Downtown Akron)
-Take exit 129 to merge onto I-76 W toward I-277/Canton/US-224
-Take exit 18 on the left to merge onto I-277 E/US-224 E toward Canton
– Continue onto US-224 E
-Turn left onto George Washington Blvd
-Turn left onto Springfield Lake Blvd
-Take the 1st right onto Massillon Rd
-Destination will be on the left

In 2001 the City of Akron Recreation Bureau opened a skate park next to Derby Downs and the Blimp Hanger where skaters could legally practice their craft without damaging private property. It’s a 19,000 square foot sweet spot of fiberglass-reinforced concrete with pyramids, rails, and quarter pipes that give local gals and guys a great place to thrash.

The park has some fantastic street art, including the Cobra logo seen above, but unfortunately some punks have sullied this spot, spray painting racial epithets and depositing a ton of litter around the site.

Luckily Akron resident Randy McIe and his stepson Joey Osco-Sadzewicz are stepping up to the plate and organizing a community effort to rid the park of hateful graffiti and clean the spot for skate artists to craft their skills.

You can read about their efforts in this article by the Akron Beacon Journal’s amazing Stephanie Warsmith.

Update – July 17, 2011

You can read about the effort to clean the skate park in this new article in the Beacon Journal by John Higgins.

Thirty Years of BMX Racing in the “Heart of Akron”

June 6, 2011

(Sorry for the poor photos. The track was closed when I stopped by, but I thought these YouTube videos—posted by someone else—would give you a good idea of what the track looks like. The regular post follows.)

Akron BMX
1000 Massillon Rd
Akron, Ohio 44312
http://www.akronbmx.org
Only open during designated practice and event times (see schedule on their Web site)

So far this summer I’ve covered places where you can buy greasy burgers and chili dogs as well as drive-in theaters where you can sit on your duff and consume even more food. Now that the weather is totally gorgeous it’s time to get outside and enjoy the few months of sun that we can.

Akron BMX is a nonprofit organization that started in 1981 (according to their official site, but other sources say 1975) to give people of all ages the chance to participate in a physical family activity and to (eventually) made use of a barren piece of property near Derby Downs in the shadow of the blimp hanger. The track was designed for competitive biking events and to provide a structured spot where bicycle enthusiasts can make some sweet jumps without destroying someone else’s property. It has plenty of ramps and hills as well as stands for spectators.

The track is open to the public during practice times, which are posted on their Web site, but hosts races each week from May to October. The site is also available for birthday parties and other rental events.

When I visited the other day it took me back to my childhood in the ’80s when my friends and I used to ride all day and return home at night to watch the movie Rad.


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