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The following article was posted on March 6th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 13, Issue 52 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 13, Issue 52

A new skate park comes to the mall

BY COLIN PATRICK HODGES

Skateboard enthusiasts gathered at the Santa Maria Town Center on March 2 to celebrate the grand opening of One Way Skate Park. Kids of all ages, their boards in hand, anxiously traveled up the escalators toward the park, ready to grind some new rail.

The arena, which opened in December, features some state-of-the-art equipment built by industry leaders “Ramp Carnies,” giving skaters from the community an opportunity to hone their skills in a world-class facility.

Owners Dan and Dave Pankratz, brothers who grew up in Santa Maria, have been involved with One Way retail at various locations for 12 years. Their board shop sells a variety of action sports apparel and supplies, including men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, hats, helmets, and boards. Now, with the recent addition of the skate park, One Way offers an opportunity for people to not only come and shop, but also to exercise their passion for skateboarding next door.

The brothers said skateboarding has always been a passion, and they hope the new park will provide a positive atmosphere and safe environment for skateboard enthusiasts to hang out and enjoy tearing up the ramps. In the future, they hope the arena will attract event planners and help bring skateboard competitions to the community.

The arena is currently open to people of all ages who use skateboards and scooters. Bicycles will also be permitted in the near future. Two- and three-hour passes to the park are available for $5 or $8. Annual passes are also available. The park is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

One Way is offering skate classes on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon for both beginners and advanced skateboarders to receive instruction. The classes involve learning new skills and tricks, as well as park etiquette, which is aimed at making the arena a safe environment. On Monday nights, the park also offers a Christian skate night from 6 to 8 p.m.

One Way’s new skate park is just one of the many fresh additions to the Santa Maria Town Center, which is in the process of building a new movie theater. Entrepreneurs and local businesspeople hope the new additions at the mall will help the local economy by drawing tourism and shoppers to the area.