On December 14, 2019 the Skate Rising crew met up at the Encinitas Magdalena Ecke YMCA Skate Park.
In addition to the skateboarding the girls participated in building holiday baskets for the CRC (Community Resource Center). It’s easy to forget those in need when you’re bombarded with the holidays. That’s why it’s great to have a reminder and to know that the simplest acts can mean so much to others. Things I take for granted like socks and scrunchies are amazing gifts to others.
We also took time to write what we’re grateful for and turned it into a giant chain. Any day is a good day to express gratitude because what we focus on grows and when we focus on gratitude, we are more likely to be happy and share our happiness.
I’m truly grateful for Skate Rising, it’s a fabulous opportunity to meet girls within the community. Skateboarding is always fun but it tends to be more fun with others. Plus I love having the opportunity to get involved with community projects like the holiday baskets we built.
In keeping with this season’s theme of unique gifts, I was happy to find out about an opportunity in New Orleans.
As a writer I love a good story and Parisite Skatepark’s is both amazing and evolving.
“In 2010, New Orleans was a city of over 350,000 people with no official skateparks and few places for kids to exercise outside of team sports leagues. Unstructured recreation areas such as skateparks allow youth to build self-confidence as they creatively interact with their environment as well as with one another. With that in mind, a group of skaters got together and started a Do-It-Yourself skatepark at the intersection of Interstate 610 and Paris Avenue (hence the name ‘Paris Site’). Through time, strategic partnerships, and a series of state and local approvals, the grassroots public park has become New Orleans’s first official skatepark.” – source http://small.tulane.edu/project/parisite-skate-park/
Like any passion project building just continues and you can help them in several ways.
In honor of cyber Monday – consider buying or donating on line to a cause you believe in. When skateparks are built, skaters will come and opportunities for building self-confidence will abound.
What’s important to you in a skatepark community? I love to see one working together and inclusive.
Don’t just wish for a better tomorrow – build it today!