Local skateboarding prodigy-turned-professional Joey Jett spent the last year traveling the world and filming with two skateboarding icons. This Saturday, Jett will unveil their finished work at a fundraiser for a new skatepark at Rash Field.
The newest phase of the Skatepark of Baltimore in Hampden has been open for skating since December. However, winter isn’t really the best time for an outdoor unveiling. This week, city officials are finally taking the opportunity to formally open the street plaza.
Charm City’s skaters have some new turf to call their own.
Just in time to rally support for the Skatepark of Baltimore, the New York Times published yesterday a story about skateboarding as the new mid-life crisis obsession.
Forget the little red sports car: the new symbol for midlife crisis is the skateboard. Graying members of Generation X, and even their older brothers, are reclaiming their youth and rebellious streak by hopping back on a skate deck. Some are even showing off old tricks in the skate park.
It’s the latest gasp for a generation of perma-dudes who listen to Black Flag in their BMWs and trade high-fives in client meetings. It’s a bid to escape the corporate grind, beat back their flagging vigor and even make good on a generational cliché: to extend their adolescence until their federal prescription-drug benefit kicks in.
If organizers can raise the money, the Baltimore skatepark will be located in Hampden, behind the Roosevelt Recreation Center at 1121 West 36th Street. Skatepark Baltimore has already raised $25,000 from professional skateboarder Tony Hawk’s foundation and needs to raise by the end of the month an additional $25,000 to leverage $75,000 in matching funds from Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks.
Read “Skateboarding Past a Midlife Crisis” in the New York Times