Skateboarders ride York Street Hill in Manchester after police close the road to motor traffic for 30 minutes June 21, 2018.
To celebrate national Go Skateboarding Day and the first day of summer on June 21, the town of Manchester closed down York Street so skaters in the area could bomb the hill and then head to a skate jam hosted by the Manchester Skatepark Project.
Go Skateboarding Day is an official annual holiday conceived by the International Association of Skateboard Companies to promote skateboarding, according to Wikipedia, with the holiday started in California and held on June 21 due to the fact that the day is the longest day of summer.
The holiday was conceived in 2004 by the International Association of Skateboard Companies to help make skateboarding more accessible to the world through various events held in major cities around the world.
For those unfamiliar with the term “bomb,” “it’s basically just everyone skating down the hill as fast as they can at the same time,” Manchester Skatepark Project organizer Matthew Freyer said.
Skaters and enthusiasts alike came out to support the Manchester Skatepark Project Saturday, May 26. The minds behind the project have been fundraising since earlier this year to make the skate park at Christmas Tree Park safer and more fun by upgrading equipment and repairing damaged ramps.
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Before the event, they were encouraging any all skaters to come out.
“You can even sit on the skateboard and go down the hill if you like,” Freyer said. “Everyone should be on their skateboards. If you have a skateboard, you should be on your skateboard.”
After bombing the hill, skaters headed back to Manchester Skatepark for an evening skate jam with cash prizes, music, food and giveaways.
“There are no really big events unless you go to D.C. or Philadelphia,” Freyer said, “so I wanted to have a big event right here in a small local hometown [and Manchester has been] totally on-board since we started working with them on the skate park. They have been very open to ideas, and we are just trying to inspire people.”
The Manchester Skatepark Project has been hosting events and fundraisers to renovate the old skate park since earlier this year. More information can be found on the MSP Facebook page and direct donations can be made to their GoFundMe campaign.