Add news

Emporia shop owner looks to expand skateboarding scene

0 152

EMPORIA (KSNT) - After a quarter-million-dollar donation was made for improvements at the skateboard park in Emporia; one local business owner is looking to open shop.

In 2021, 13-year-old Maddox Gutierrez started a petition asking for improvements to be made to the Santa Fe Skateboard Park in Emporia. After 27 News covered the story, an anonymous local family donated a quarter-million dollars to the Kahola Lake Park Fund with the Emporia Community Foundation.

City Manager Trey Cocking said the city had to find a new location for the project. The new location will be at Whitter Park and will allow for more room and a better setup for the park. The American Ramp company was contracted to work on the park designs.

Local skateboarder Angel Franco has opened E-SK8 in anticipation of the new skate park.

Franco said he's lived in Emporia for 15 years after moving from Los Angeles, CA. Franco saw a gap in the market with the closest skateboard shop being more than 60 miles away in Topeka.

"You have to go all the way to Wichita or wait a week and a half for the mail," Franco said. "If a kid wants to custom build a deck [skateboard], you can do it all here. Either that or you have to go online, and risk a porch pirate, or have to drive all the way to Wichita and pay the gas and toll."

Franco said he wants to set up a skateboarding competition for International Go Skate Day on June 21. He said he has bought 100 blank skateboards and will be having a design competition. Franco said the winning designer will have their artwork printed on skateboards and may earn commissions from the sales.

Franco said buying a blank skateboard for $20 will automatically enter you into the design competition. From there, you can create a graphic design, paint the board or use another medium for the artwork. An announcement for the competition is planned for March 29.

E-SK8 is now open after a grand opening was held on March 1. The shop is open Wednesday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 713 Commercial St.

For more local news, click here. Keep up with the latest breaking news in northeast Kansas by downloading our mobile app and by signing up for our news email alerts. Sign up for our Storm Track Weather app by clicking here.



Комментарии для сайта Cackle

More news:

Read on

Roarockit Skateboard Company
Roarockit Skateboard Company
Roarockit Skateboard Company

Other sports