Skateboarders don’t have the best reputation; they often have a stigma of being anti-authority, rowdy and reckless. While the history of skateboarding might be rooted in rebellious behavior, it is also a true sport that requires practice and great skill. And right now those athletes only have one facility in Charlotte to practice their sport. But there is a proposed renovation of Bryant Park for next year’s city budget, which would include the installation of a public skate plaza. This may also help bring the X Games to Charlotte. But with all the proposals for next year and budgetary concerns, will the skate park fall through the cracks? A conversation about the skate community and what they say they need, when Charlotte Talks.
Josh Fraizer - Owner, Black Sheep Skate Shop and supporter of skate park
Lee Jones - Division Director, Capital Planning Services, Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department
Tedd Duncan - Senior Associate at Stantec, one of the consultants working on the Bryant Park renovation and master plan
Chuck Powell - started the petition to bring the X Games to Charlotte