The Vail Recreation District and Town of Vail invite the community to a grand opening celebration at the new Zeke M. Pierce Skatepark located inside the Lionshead parking structure. The celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 and will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, food, music, a pro skater demonstration, giveaways and an open public skate.
The concept of a permanent skatepark in the parking structure came about two years ago when Cameron Chaney, a local student, brought the idea to Chad Young, youth services director of the Vail Recreation District. Together they worked with the town staff and Vail Town Council to approve the concept and the skatepark was built in the lower level of the parking structure, in an unused area between the north and south sides. The skatepark was designed and constructed by California Skateparks, with input from Chaney and local skaters, and is adorned with four colorful mosaics created by Washington, D.C.-based artist Valerie Theberge.
The $1.7 million skatepark officially opened to public skating in July and was funded by the Town of Vail. Before the permanent structure was built, a temporary skatepark was erected on top of the parking structure each summer.
The skatepark is named after Chaney’s friend and fellow skateboarder Zeke M. Pierce, who lost his life in a mountain bike accident three years ago. Chaney and the Pierce family will be in attendance for the skatepark dedication ceremony and grand opening. The grand opening celebration is free and open to the public.
Managed by the Vail Recreation District, the new skatepark includes features for all ages and abilities and includes a large variety of street and transition style elements. It also includes a signature “vert” feature, mini-bowl and full-size halfpipe.
The skatepark is open daily from dawn to 11 p.m. Helmets are required and safety equipment is recommended. For details, contact Young at 970-479-2292.