Wednesday, June 22

Skateboards Invading Downtown

How many dogs had a melt down yesterday due to all the extra skateboards?  Mine surely did!  The one thing he hates more than anything are skateboards, so yesterday was not his day when somewhere between 400 - 1,000 (depending on who is reporting the number) skateboarders skated through the streets of Downtown.

The event was Wild in the Streets, put on by Emerica, an athletic shoe and gear company that also sponsors a skateboarding team.  The event started at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights at 1 p.m. The group then made its way over the 6th Street bridge and into Downtown, through the streets and  some went through Pershing Square, showing off some jumps and tricks off the steps and infrastructure.

The event wasn’t just for fun, but also had a higher cause. Mark Waters, a spokesman for Wild in the Streets, said Emerica teamed up with the group Boards for Bros yesterday to donate 127 skateboards to kids from the Salesian Boys and Girls Club, a youth center in Boyle Heights.

When I saw a large group, they all seemed to be hot and sweaty from a long day of skating, but they seemed to be having a great time too!

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