Columbia Parks and Recreation
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs
Over 300 people gathered Saturday, June 19, 1999, to celebrate the grand opening of the Columbia Skate Park. Skaters, parents, city officials, and spectators were joined by a local radio station broadcasting live until noon, at which time another D.J. provided accompaniment to the local and professional skate team demonstrations.
Skateboard manufacturers Element and New Deal sent professional skaters Donny Barley and Chad Bartie to entertain the crowd.
After an hour of demonstrations, the dedication ceremony began. Parks and Recreation Director, Michael Hood welcomed visitors and made introductions. Columbia City Manager, Ray Beck and Columbia Mayor, Darwin Hindman spoke before representatives of Columbia Cosmopolitan Club and Columbia Skate Park Association gave their perspectives on the success of the new park. The Columbia Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held the ribbon cutting, at which time the park was officially opened.