Free skateboard program on Saturday

A mobile skateboard park will be installed at the Bower Place Shopping Centre parking lot for a free learn to skateboard program on Saturday that is already fully booked.

A mobile skateboard park will be installed at the Bower Place Shopping Centre parking lot for a free learn to skateboard program on Saturday that is already fully booked.

The West 49 LRN2SK8 Tour presented by Disney XD is here for its second tour. It offers an introduction to skateboarding and instruction to beginner skateboarders, ages five to 15.

Online registration was offered earlier and additional sessions were added by the tour.

The program is designed to help youth develop their confidence and skateboard skills and provides participants with a legitimate skateboard experience in a supervised and safe area.

The course components include rails, ledges, ramps and flat bars. The program offers mock-classroom lessons where trick description and the history of skateboarding will be reviewed; Build-a-Board Workshop learning how to install bearings and apply grip tape; and small group lessons aiding in individual progression execution and analysis will be taught with skate-educated seasoned riders providing the lessons.

There are three sessions: 9:30 to 11 a.m., 12:30 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Waivers must be signed on site by a legal guardian.

The classes will end with a graduation ceremony and each skateboarder will receive a certificate for participating and completing the program.

Helmets are mandatory. Helmets and skateboards will be available for use during the programs.

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