Coventry goes skateboarding June 21

Every year on June 21, skateboarders around the globe gather to celebrate the spirit of skateboarding on Go Skateboarding Day.

This year, Coventry Village encourages the community to come out for a day of fun, to experience what skateboarding is all about.

With the help of Public Square Group, a Cleveland nonprofit "dedicated to skateboarding, art and civics," Parking Lot 15 (located between Heights Cleaners and Marc’s on Coventry Road), will be transformed into a one-day pop-up skate on June 21, 3-7p.m. The pop-up skate park, equipped with ramps and obstacles, is free and open to skaters of all ages.

After the pop-up park closes, roll on over to the B Side Liquor Lounge & Arcade for an all-ages party that will include classic skateboarding videos, arcade and pinball games, ans special discounts on food and drinks.  

The daylong celebration of skateboarding concludes with a free outdoor showing of the popular skateboarding documentary, “The Bones Brigade, An Autobiography,” in Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park (at Euclid Heights Boulevard and Coventry Road) at 9 p.m.

The film, featuring Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta and The Bones Brigade team, is a personal story of how talent, skill, passion and the belief that anything is possible transformed skateboarding from a pastime to a billion-dollar action sport industry.

Vince Frantz, executive director of Public Square Group, said, “Go Skateboarding Day is now an internationally recognized holiday and this will be the first time someone in Cleveland has organized something for this day—we’re excited to be a part of it! There are so many skaters from Cleveland Heights, and it will be great to finally do an event in this part of the city.”

Now in its 11th year, Go Skateboarding Day continues to grow, but the mission remains the same: Have fun, go skateboarding. This year, help celebrate it in Coventry Village.

Angela Hetrick

Angela Hetrick is executive director of Coventry Village Special Improvements District.

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