DESTINATIONS: Skateboard park an alternative to street riding

By VANESSA AVILA

Premises Park, an indoor BMX/skateboard park, is a 4,600-square-foot warehouse filled with wooden ramps, a foam pit and a street section.

Owner Ian Abbot worked with volunteer BMX and skateboard riders to create a safe environment that is fun and drug-free. The park opened July 22.

Abbot said the park provides an alternative to streets and public places, where property can be damaged and riders can be hurt or killed.

“Too many bike riders and skateboarders have been killed in the city limits of Tucson while riding in the streets,” a posting on the park’s website proclaims.

“This place is freaking sweet,” skateboarder Trevor Claussen said. “I helped built it. I’m here practically four times a week, minimum.”

Skateboarder Gerren Ford has also used the park since it opened. “I love this place,” he said. “I’m here every day. I like the people and riding around the park.”

Premises welcomes skateboards, bikes and scooters. Helmets are required at all times, while gloves and guards for knees, elbows and shins are recommended.

There are daily open-ride sessions. At night, when the music gets turned up, the real riding begins.

Staff members are skilled athletes who have completed background checks, are CPR-certified and have first aid training.

Premises provides plenty of ramps for BMX bikes and skateboards. Aztec Press photo by Vanessa Avila.

Monthly programs help participants learn something new, get into shape while doing something fun or pursue competition with peers.

Classes teach developing riders about park etiquette, bike set-up, tricks, style and control. They are taught by local, experienced instructors and occasional pro and semi-pro BMX/Skate riders.

Children as young as 3 and up to adults can enroll.

More advanced BMX/Skate classes teach riders about riding technique, mental preparation, diet, physical fitness and strength training. Riders are paired with others at their own age and skill level, under the supervision of a coach.

Membership packages are available with limited and unlimited use. On weekdays, general admission is $7. Weekends admission costs $10.

The park also offers other services, and a BMX shop where parts can be ordered and bikes repaired.

Advanced BMX bikers enjoy the ramp in Premises Park. Photo courtesy of Arnold Tellez.

FYI

Premises Park

Address: 400 W. Speedway Blvd.

Phone: 623-7561

Hours:

Mon-Thurs, 2-9 p.m.

Fri, 2-11 p.m.

Sat, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Sun, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Website: premisespark.com

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