FishHawk resident Alex Casado performs an aerial trick at the FishHawk Skate Park, which just underwent renovations.
Skateboarding enthusiasts cooled their wheels in January while the FishHawk Skate Park was closed for refurbishments.
The park opened at the end of January after repairs were made to some of the ramps, a yearly maintenance item.
Community director Holly Quigley said a new piece of equipment has been added after many requests from resident skateboarders.
“We have added a spine to the park after approval from the CDD I board,” she said. “We are very excited to have this new addition to our park.”
The spine is an addition to the ramps, quarter pipes, grind rails and boxes already constructed.
Eighteen-year-old skate Tyler Marks, a Riverview resident who has been skateboarding for almost six years, said he frequents the park a couple times a week and likes the fact that they it is being maintained.
“My friends live in FishHawk and it’s never that crowded here so you have plenty of space to skate,” he said.
Marks said he hopes one day streetlights will be added for nighttime skating so he won’t have to skate when it’s really hot in the summer.
For now, Marks will be content to skate during park hours, which are daily from 9 a.m. to dusk. The park is closed during inclement weather.
All patrons and guests must obtain a Skate Park pass from the Resident Services Office located at the Osprey Club. The pass is free for residents. Non-resident use fees are $5 per day or can pay $50 for a lifetime pass.
Children under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign the Skate Park waiver at the Osprey Club. All skaters must wear safety equipment at all times.
Bicycles and scooters (motorized and non-motorized) are not permitted on the ramps at the Skate Park.
For more information about the rules regarding the skate park, call 657-6629.