The new skatepark is great for all ages.
Void, Concrete Wave, Fluid, Juice, SkateSpy, Thrasher, and Transworld Skateboarding. You may not read these skateboarding magazines on a regular basis, but millions of BMX’ers, skateboarders and scooter competitors who follow these activities religiously do. Now Lake Havasu City is a major world destination for these action-packed sports.
October 19 was a proud day to be a resident of the city as 3,000 locals and visitors came out for the dedication of the new Patrick A. Tinnell Memorial Sports Complex at Rotary Park, dedicated to Patrick Tinnell, a fallen soldier from the area. From the minute the ribbon was cut in front of full military honors, the 40,000 sq. ft. park was packed. Hundreds crowded the Street League Skateboarding-certified facility and its signature attraction: a giant replica of Tinnell’s U.S. Army helmet.
This is the largest skate park in the state of Arizona, and the largest multi-use skate park in the Southwest. During the ceremony, professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek called the complex, “one of the best in the world.” “Everyone who rides a skateboard on the planet earth is going to want to come here, enjoy this beautiful city and skateboard on this,” said Dyrdek, star of the MTV reality show, Fantasy Factory.
According to the LHC Convention & Visitors Bureau, the combined economic impact of tournaments and visitation to the new skate park will yield almost $1 million in local spending. “It was a proud moment for all of us. After seven years of hard work, we created a top notch facility that showed respect for veterans such as Patrick Tinnell who paid the ultimate price on behalf of all of us,” said Lake Havasu City Mayor Mark Nexsen. “We expect the new complex, which I understand from the kids is quite challenging, will attract future regional and national events to our area.”
Mayor Nexsen continues, “It will generate exceptional awareness for the city. During the dedication I spoke to many parents who brought their kids to the opening from Phoenix, Las Vegas, Southern California, and even as far as Mexico City.
“As the complex becomes better known, these visitors will be sleeping in our hotel rooms, eating in our restaurants, and buying gas and souvenirs. That’s great for business, great for increasing our tax rolls, and hopefully,” he jokes, “take some pressure off city sidewalks, steps and picnic tables that previously appealed to skateboarders.”
For more information, go to the website for the Patrick Tinnell Memorial Sports Complex.