Kona Hosts 4th Annual GoSkate Day Hemming[SK8]Park 2015

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One of Jacksonville’s most anticipated events is back! Go Skate Day Hemming [SK8]Park 2015 will feature a full weekend, as in two full days, of skateboarding in historic Hemming Park. Formerly known as Go Skate Day Hemming Plaza, Go Skate Day Hemming [SK8]Park is a twist on the annual action sports event, building on the Downtown landmark’s recent name change. Go Skate Day Hemming [SK8]Park 2015 will transform Hemming Park into an urban skatepark, bringing Florida’s skateboard culture to Downtown Jacksonville. There will be family friendly areas, as well as challenging, fun obstacles for beginners, enthusiasts and experts alike.

Downtown Jacksonville, Florida: Kona Skatepark announces Go Skate Day Hemming [SK8]Park 2015 Saturday, June 20 from 12p – 8p and Sunday, June 21 from 11a – 5p; Hemming Park, 117 West Duval Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202. Admission is free. Rain or Shine.

Saturday, June 20, 12p – 8p

All About the Skateboarders: Ride the rails, jump the stairs and shred the ramps of ‘hemming[SK8]park’, challenge yourself at the Hi-Ollie Contest for a chance to win the $300 cash prize and win your share of $1000 in the Bangers 4 Bucks Real Street Contest. Or, just chill. Play a game of S.K.A.T.E., get barreled in the Blue Tarp Wave hosted by the UNF Longboard Club and hit up a mini-ramp.

Bringing It Together for the Jacksonville Community: Grab your friends and visit the heart of Downtown Jacksonville for a day of high energy entertainment as six bands rock the main stage – Beau Crum and The Weighted Hands, Flag on Fire, Auspice, Danka, Dredger and Loose Bearings. Hang out and refuel in the Laura Street Food Truck Village amidst shaded picnic tables. Jax Truckies will be set up– Baby’s Burgers, Bacon & Butts, Delish Kabobs, Pita Boss and Pele’s Pizza and craft beer for those 21 and up will be available from Engine 15 and the Brown Distribution Brew Bus. Make sure to save room for a cool and refreshing dessert or pick me up. Bold City Pops and Vagabond Coffee will also be chillin’ for the day. Other activities include the Garrison Moto Works Vintage Custom Bike and Hotrod Rally, The Law Offices of John M. Phillips World’s Largest BoomBox and the North Florida Blood Alliance Blood Drive.

Sunday, June 21, 11a – 5p

Go Skateboarding Day, Summer Solstice and Father’s Day, oh, my!

All About the Skateboarders: Hemming[SK8]park will still be fully functional and highly shreddable, so join us on this holiday Sunday for another day of skating, free skate clinics and tons of giveaways.

Bringing It Together for the Jacksonville Community: While listening to the sounds of a dj, eat lunch at Friends of Hemming’s Café and enjoy an afternoon treat from Vagabond Coffee.

Huge thanks to our sponsors and supporters: Monster Energy, Jacksonville Sports Council, Adamec Harley Davidson, The Law Offices of John M. Phillips, I Heart Radio Stations Kiss FM and Planet Radio, Two Men and a Truck, Engine 15, Brown Distributing Brew Bus, Jax Truckies, Bold City Pops, Vagabond Coffee, Southeast Orthopedic Specialists, Aqua East Surf Shop, Skate Shop St. Nicholas, Vans, Powell Peralta, Bones Swiss, Maple Camera, Strong Ramps, Garrison Moto Works, .beta and Mike Mcintire. Double huge thanks to Party, Benefit and Jam (PB&J) for the continued promotion and volunteer management.

For information on parking, visit Downtown Vision Inc.’s website parkdtjax.com.

About Go Skate Day Hemming [SK8]Park: Skateboarding is always in a state of evolution, always drawing new inspiration from familiar places. Jacksonville has played a heavy hand in skate culture since the beginning and Hemming Plaza was a focal point of the controversial street skating subculture for generations upon generations of riders. Amidst an increasingly vibrant city, skateboarding has never slowed down, never been so diverse and never been as storied as it is today. The change in direction and name of Hemming Plaza to Hemming Park in 2014 is a hallmark of Jacksonville’s revitalization and growth in recent years. Coincidentally, the event formerly known as Go Skate Day Hemming Plaza has adapted its fourth consecutive year of programming to produce Go Skate Day Hemming [SK8]Park. The event aims to bring skaters and non-skaters together for a weekend-long celebration of skateboarding culture, fun and community. Unique to Jacksonville, hemming[SK8]park represents a progressive intersection of public space and skateboarding culture, seeking to pave the way for smoother rides and a healthier city.

About Go Skateboarding Day: Go Skateboarding Day was established in 2004 by the International Association of Skateboarding Companies. It celebrates the exhilaration, creativity and spirit of one of the most influential activities in the world. The Summer Solstice, June 21st, marks this annual homage to drop everything and go skateboarding.

About Kona Skatepark: Kona Skatepark is the oldest outdoor, privately owned skatepark in the United States, and possibly the world. Kona is a legendary skatepark, and should be on every skaters list of ‘parks to skate’!

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