Tuesday, July 19, 2016 / by Kimo Quance
Speaking of skaters, did you know skating was invented by surfers? The legend claims surfers got bored waiting for the noon tide to subside, and started looking for ways to 'surf' on land! Ever noticed the boards used are kinda similar?
Skating's been around since the 1940's and till date, it shows no signs of waning in popularity. With recognition as an extreme sport, its consideration for inclusion into the Olympics, and the billions generated from sponsorship, it looks like it will be here for a while.
Woodglen Vista Skate Park
But with its impact on curbs and urban terrain, skating is confined to skate parks and these can be hard to find in small towns. Thank goodness, Santee was able to carve out one, out in northeast Santee. The ten-acre park that includes the Woodglen Vista Skate & BMX Park, also has a basketball court, two tennis courts, baseball and softball field, a large picnic pavilion plus two playgrounds.
The skate park itself sits on 6,800 square feet and features a half pyramid with grind rail, a bowl, sloped rail, spine and grinding bench.
More than just Skating
For those who have more fun on two wheels, the park also accommodates BMX riders, rollerbladers and scooter riders. From September 2nd, the park is open from 2p.m. Till sundown, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
On the weekends, pop in and ride all day, from 10a.m till sundown.
With so many wheels and bodies whizzing by all day, the park maintains a high safety standard, by having alternate sessions between BMX riders session and SSRs (Skate/Scooter/Rollerblade). The alternating sessions keep riders safe and gives them a chance to cool down between tricks.
Everyone who wants to ride here MUST have their elbow, pads, knee pads and helmet.
A Place to Belong
For those who started skating in the 70's and who have kids of their own today, Woodglen offers a place for them to relive the 'rush' of youth. For those that would love to ride, but don't know how to, the city organizes week-long BMX and scooter camps, where pro skaters and BMX riders come and teach. For more info on these camps, check out their page here.
Physical benefits aside, skate parks provide a safe spot for non-jocks to hang out and compete at their own sport; after all not everyone wants to be on the football team. These parks allow those kids still have fun in an individual, healthy and (still) athletic manner.
Whether you are a 'silver surfer' or you have kids that you want to show the thrills of skating, be sure to visit Woodglen Vista. In Santee, we take pride in being diverse enough to offer 'something' to everyone. Why don't you come around and let's find your 'something?'
For more information on homes in the Santee area, contact the Quance Group today.