Cebu’s skateboarders want city to have public skatepark

IN celebration of the World Go Skateboarding Day (GSD), skaters from all over Cebu conducted a signature campaign for a Cebu City Public Skatepark last Monday.

Ian Bacalla, head organizer of GSD, said they still have to formalize their petition to the City.

He said incoming Mayor Tommy Osmeña already assured them of his support.

Bacalla said the ideal locations for a skatepark in Cebu City are in Mabolo and IT Park.

The launching of the Philippine Skateboarding League will be held in any of these locations.

About 2,000 skaters rode their skateboards to hold a parade from Fuente Osmeña Circle to SM Cebu.

The skaters aimed to make it Guiness Book of World Records in the largest skateboard parade.

Bacalla, who heads the Cebu Skateboardig Community, said that skateboarding is an activity that could be endorsed to millennials because it promotes creativity, physical and mental fitness and self expression.

“Skateboarding teaches people how to get up. It’s not about the falling down, it’s about the standing up,” Bacalla said.

There was black market game of skate, free skate, live bands, best tricks, push race and unorthodox challenges during the event.

The event, which was sponsored by DC and Grind, had an 11-year-old as the youngest skateboarder and 60 as the oldest.

GSD has been celebrated in Cebu City since 2009 and was formalized in 2013. Elisha Judy P. Tabaque/UP Cebu Intern

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