It Happened! Central PA has a SKATEPARK

Finally.. it happened.

Dauphin County's first and only FREE skatepark

Dauphin County’s first and only FREE skatepark

Thanks to the cooperative efforts of the dauphin county commissioners, the borough of Steelton, the get on board skateboarding  program, Rayzor Tattoos, and the Harrisburg area skateboarding population; Central PA now has a FREE concrete skateboard park. Built by Arment Concrete, the Steelton Skatepark is a huge hit among Central

Well folks, Harrisburg finally has a free park!

Well folks, Harrisburg finally has a free park!

PA skaters and the local Harrisburg /Steelton community. This past weekend the park opened to the the public. People came from York, Lebanon, Maryland, Lancaster and even New York to ride the 10,000 square foot skatepark.

Nice... huh?

Nice… huh?

There were probably at least 150 people through the park on the first day alone. Families, old heads, young bucks and locals arrived,skated together, took pictures, bbqed and even gave local novice skaters a helping hand or a ride on their skateboard. The local politicians made an appearance along with the local police dept and marveled and the skill and interaction of everyone there, hell, i think some may have even gotten a few rides in.

Even though the the park is currently open to the public, the official grand opening event is September 23rd, follow the Steelton Skatepark facebook page here for updates on the park.

see ya there
ray

Enjoy the pics, since i don’t know everyone’s name, i’m leaving out all the names… if you recognize yourself and don’t want  the pic on the site, please call us at 717-939-2222 and i’ll take it down.

 

Steelton Skateshop opening day celebration

Well… we took the plunge..

Radiation Ray, frontside grind mid 80's Upland skatepark

Radiation Ray, frontside grind mid 80’s Upland skatepark

A number of years ago we started selling skateboards here at Rayzor Tattoos because I was sickened about what was going on in the retail end of skating. Retailers had crappy choices and they were not supporting, nor cared about, the Harrisburg skateboarding scene.

After years of supporting events and local skaters in the region I am happy to say Steelton has stepped up to build Dauphin County’s first public and FREE concrete skatepark. So we followed suit here at the tattoo shop and expanded our retail area to include the spot next to us and open up Harrisburg areas only skater owned skateboard shop.

Last Saturday we had a grand opening ribbon cutting bbq… or something like it. It was suggested that we do a chain cutting ceremony instead of a ribbon… and of course we jumped on that idea.

Instead of a ribbon cutting.. we cut a chain!

Instead of a ribbon cutting.. we cut a chain!

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The Steelton borough quickly stepped up and even offered to shut the road down so the kids could skate… well… ok.. lol.

Steelton police along with the borough showing their love and support by shutting the road down for skaters

Steelton police along with the borough showing their love and support by shutting the road down for skaters


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roadrash Williams of the new Public Menace skate crew... keeping it dangerous!

Roadrash Williams of the new Public Menace skate crew… keeping it dangerous!

well... maybe they just shut the road down so they could skate themselves!

well… maybe they just shut the road down so they could skate themselves!

Steelton police showing support for skaters by shutting down the road for them to session

Steelton police showing support for skaters by shutting down the road for them to session

When the day arrived we were pleasantly surprised by all the people who showed and the support we received. The Steelton mayor, borough manager, and a State Rep assisted in the chain cutting. Even the police showed up to shut the road down and get a little skating in themselves.

Even Local news ABC channel 27 did a story on the event. View story here

rayzor Tattoos and Skateshop... Harrisburg Areas ONLY skater owned skateshop

Rayzor Tattoos and Skateshop… Harrisburg Areas ONLY skater owned skateshop

Skater owned and operated

Skater owned and operated

Longboard and shortboard skateboarders alike from the central Pennsylvania regions showed up, skated, ate food and enjoyed Steelton’s accommodating attitude towards skaters in anticipation of the nearly finished Steelton skatepark, more to come on that… real soon!

Only the BEST in skateboarding and equipment

Only the BEST in skateboarding and equipment

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Skatepark of Steelton Update 6-21-17

Steelton Skatepark update

As you probably already know Steelton is getting Dauphin County’s first public and free skateboard park.

The park Located at municipal park (right outside Harrisburg) came about as a concentrated effort between the Dauphin County Commissioners, Steelton Borough, Rayzor Tattoos and Skateshop, and the Get on Board skateboarding program…. Among others I am sure (sorry if I left you out).

Arment Concrete won the public bid and the construction is well on it’s way. The park will consist of a bowl (4 and 6 feet deep), a ¾ open ended bowl (approx 4 feet deep), hubbas, banks, a rail, and even a set of stairs. The park covers 2 tennis courts (approx 10,000 square feet) and will be all concrete (thank god).

This park looks good so far, nice big coping and some real flowing lines with a bunch of hips. Projected date for completion is sometime in August. I know we are getting anxious. Til then enjoy the pics and check back and/or follow the skatepark facebook page for updates.

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Groundbreaking Steelton Skateboard Park

Yesterday May 9th 2017 will now be known as an epic day to the Harrisburg regions skateboarding community. Steelton PA had it’s Skatepark ground breaking ceremony. Yep, it’s official, Steelton will be building Dauphin county’s first FREE public skatepark. The park will fill a much needed skateboarding void to the residents and skateboarders of the surrounding regions, be it Harrisburg, Camp Hill, the West Shore, Colonial Park, Middletown, Paxtang or anywhere else in the 717 area. It’s no secret that Steelton and the Dauphin county commissioners support skateboarding. The park will be built by veteran skater and park builder Arment Concrete with funding made possible via a tourism and gaming grants from the county alongside loans taken out by the Steelton borough.

The turn out for the ground breaking was nothing short of spectacular, with Steelton’s own skateboarding police officer, the police chief, mayor, borough manager and other officials giving supporting words and encouragement to the project and the skateboarding community. In other words, STEELTON GETS IT!!

Many skaters showed up and were excited to see once and for all something being done about this long neglected population. Rumor has it that a skater even gave a complete skateboard to a local kid to skate on, now that’s love.

After all the speeches and thank yous were given an impromptu skate session broke out on the site, demonstrating the excitement and diversity of those who attended. Police officers, local long boarders, business owners, kids from out of the area, and even a father skating with his 4 year old daughter could be seen skating around.

The crew at Rayzor Tattoos and Skateshop and the Get on Board Skateboarding program are excited to see such a project happen in their town and would like to publicly thank Doug Brown (Borough Manager) for being so supportive and such an awesome dude.

Enjoy the pics of yesterday’s event below…

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Nate Demuro of the Get on Board skateboarding program showing support

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Local skaters from Steelton and surrounding areas say… It’s about TIME!

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Ray Young of Rayzor Tattoos and Skateshop talking skateboarding with the Mayor

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Ray and his ever supportive girl Jamie

Ray and his ever supportive girl Jamie

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Steelton Skateboard Cop

That’s right…. Steelton police officer to do his beat on a skateboard!

Officer Art Etnoyer of the Steelton Police

Officer Art Etnoyer of the Steelton Police

In the spirit of Steelton’s move to embrace and connect with the times and the youth of today, Steelton Police officer Art Etnoyer will be doing his police rounds on a skateboard.

In a Steelton skatepark commitee meeting a few weeks ago (yep… you read that right, Steelton is getting a skatepark) Ray Young and Nathan Demuro (both of Get on Board) suggested that Steelton find a police officer willing to do his beat on a skateboard. The Borough manager Doug Brown, Commitee chair mike Segina, and Chie of Police Anthony Minium jumped at the idea. The next day, officer Art Etnoyer quickly volunteered to do the job.

Art is 39 years old, has been with Steelton for 10 years, and currently now a platoon supervisor in Steelton. He is also an Iraq air force Staff Sargent vet, he has worked as swat and was on the us marshal task force.

Art Picking out the right skateboard inside Rayzor Tattoos skateshop.

Art picking out the right skateboard inside Rayzor Tattoos skateshop.

In all fairness to Joel Zwicky, this was not an original idea; yet, still  it is new to this area. Get on Board skateboarding (our program to teach children with special needs skateboarding) first got exposed to the original skateboard cop a few years ago in Green Bay Wisconsin when we did an event there with Joel. Get on Board loved the idea and finally is teamed up with a progressive enough borough to implement Joel’s idea here on the East Coast.

Rayzor Tattoos has agreed to sponsor Art with the equipment to do the job, and Nathan DeMuro (VP of Get on Board) will be coaching Art with his skateboarding skills where needed.

Art riding his newly acquired Longboard

Art riding his newly acquired Longboard

Members of the Get on Board organization and Rayzor Tattoos applaud Art, Doug, Police Chief Anthony Minium and Steelton Borough council for supporting skateboarding and being progressive in their ideas.

Ray Young owner/operator of Rayzor Tattoos presenting Art with his skateboard.

Ray Young owner/operator of Rayzor Tattoos presenting Art with his skateboard.