Go Skate Day is Today!

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Drop Everything and Go Skate Hemming Plaza. The Kona School and Kona Skatepark Host Third Annual Go Skate Day at Hemming Plaza 2014. A police escorted skate parade will take place at 12pm. The parade starts at Riverside Arts Market and ends at Hemming. Bring your skateboard and join the parade.

Downtown Jacksonville, Florida: June 12, 2014, The Kona School and Kona Skatepark announce Go Skate Day Hemming Plaza on June 21, 2014; 12p to 9p.

This year’s family-friendly event includes something for everyone.

Skate contests include Kona Skatepark’s police-escorted Skate Parade from the Riverside Arts Market to Hemming Plaza, Skate One’s Search for Animal Chin competition and Push Box Race, Sunrise Surf Shop’s Grom Mini-Ramp Jam and Grom Gap, Volcom’s Real Street Best Trick and Vans’ Mini-ramp Jam. Space is limited and is first come, first serve. Grom prizes include trophies and prize bags for first through third place. AM Division winners will receive cash prizes.

The Family Skate Zone sponsored by Aqua East Surf Shop is from 12p to 4p. Skate instructors will be giving free lessons and clinics to children, parents and even advanced skaters at a mobile skate park, complete with a kid-size mini-ramp. Art in Skating, a collection of hands on art projects, is being hosted by The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville’s Education Department, will bring the artist out of everyone. With the added bonus of our own local artist and skateboarder, Chip Southworth, the Family Skate Zone is guaranteed to get the whole family involved.

Other events throughout the day include a day of local skate movies being shown on the MOCA theatre screen, a live webcast of the entire event, raffle drawings, the Old City Oil Drippers VW Car Show and free motorcycle parking sponsored by Adamec Harley. Plan on eating from the Jax Truckies or grab some eats from Burrito Gallery. Domestic pours from Champion Brands and a micro-brew festival presented by Brown Distributing Company will be available for those 21 and up. There will be music throughout the day from Matteo Qumento, Love Chunk, Beau Crum & The Weighted Hands, Go Get Gone and Mommies Little Monster.

Huge thanks to our sponsors: Adamec Harley Davidson, Sunrise Surf Shop, Aqua East, Monster Energy, Vans, Powell Peralta, Bones Wheels, Volcom, Sector 9, Stance Socks, Brown Distribution, Old City Oil Drippers, Burrito Gallery and Kreteswell, Mike Mcintire. And to Party, Benefit and Jam (PB&J) for managing volunteers and promotion.

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

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. For the past three years the City of Jacksonville has embraced this holiday by proclaiming skateboarding to be 100% legal throughout downtown for this one day of the year. Since this year’s event is on a Saturday, extra activities and events are packed into an all-day skateboarding festival. And it’s all free to the public!

About Kona School: Kona School is where lifestyle and learning become one in the same; where motivated students learn to extract lessons from their environment.

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"!