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Vail skate park celebration will take place on Saturday

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VAIL — The Vail Recreation District and town of Vail invite the community to a grand opening celebration at the new Zeke M. Pierce Skatepark, located inside the Lionshead parking structure. The celebration will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, food, music, a pro skater demonstration, giveaways and an open public skate.

The concept of a permanent skate park in the parking structure started two years ago when Cameron Chaney, a local student, brought the idea to Chad Young, youth services director of the Vail Recreation District. Together they worked with the Vail Town Council to approve the concept, and the skate park was built in the lower level of the parking structure in an unused area between the north and south sides.

The skate park was designed and constructed by California Skateparks, with input from Chaney and local skaters, and is adorned with mosaics created by Washington, D.C.-based artist Valerie Theberge. The $1.7 million skate park opened to public the in July and was funded by the town.

The skate park is named after Chaney's friend and fellow skateboarder, Zeke M. Pierce, who lost his life in a mountain bike accident three years ago. Chaney and the Pierce family will be in attendance for the skate park dedication ceremony and grand opening. The grand opening celebration is free and open to the public.

Managed by the Vail Recreation District, the new skate park includes features for all ages and abilities. It also includes a signature vert feature, mini-bowl and full-sized halfpipe. The skate park is open daily from dawn to 11 p.m. Helmets are required and safety equipment is recommended.

For more information on the skate park and grand opening, go to http://www.vailrec.com or call 970-479-2292.