Half pipe heaven
by Sally Litchfield
July 31, 2014 08:47 PM | 1886 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trey Robinson, of Kennesaw, skates on one of the bowls at the Kennesaw Skatepark in Swift-Cantrell Park. The Skatepark has 40,000 square feet of space to lure the proficient and would-be skater. <br>Staff/C.B. Schmelter
Trey Robinson, of Kennesaw, skates on one of the bowls at the Kennesaw Skatepark in Swift-Cantrell Park. The Skatepark has 40,000 square feet of space to lure the proficient and would-be skater.
Staff/C.B. Schmelter
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Matt Stiltner, of Smyrna, does a nose manual.
Matt Stiltner, of Smyrna, does a nose manual.
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Johnny Zent of Marietta performs a trick.
Johnny Zent of Marietta performs a trick.
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Give into temptation! Go to Kennesaw Skatepark at Swift-Cantrell Park in Kennesaw.

There is 40,000 square feet of space to lure the proficient and would-be skater.

“Kennesaw Skatepark is unique because it offers something for everyone, and all levels of proficiency. It’s a free public skatepark. We allow skateboarders as well as inline skates,” said Kennesaw resident David Pies, who is recreation division manager for the City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department.

The park offers a world-class facility that includes a Street League Skateboarding Certified plaza, a backyard bowl, and a competition flow course. No scooters or bikes are allowed.

The skatepark fills a need in Cobb County.

“There’s no other skatepark in the county. (Skateboarders) were essentially utilizing city streets and other fixtures and property. Now they have a home. They can try out all their skills and enhance their abilities in the park,” Pies said.

Kennesaw Skatepark is one of the largest in the Southeast.

“It has a massive amount of skate surface. There’s plenty of room for you to try different elements,” Pies said.

There are a number of unique features in the park, particularly in the Skate Plaza.

“If you want to try a ledge trick or do something off the stairs or do something over the gap or impact section, there’s something for everyone,” he said.

Skateboarders are a community and help each other out.

“If someone needs assistance, they’re gracious to offer instruction and help out,” he said.

In addition to open skating, the Skatepark hosts special events, competitions and instructional camps.

“It’s taking off fast and furious,” Pies said.

Swift-Cantrell Park is at 3140 Old 41 Highway, Kennesaw.

The skatepark is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The facility is lighted. For more information including rules and regulations, visit skatekennesaw.com.

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