An opportunity for LQHS’ skate club to shine

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Travis Gerald

La Quinta is poised to shred some serious air at a gigantic skatepark. 

La Quinta is poised to shred some serious air at a gigantic skatepark. 

The city’s forthcoming X-Park is set to be a gnarly spot (that’s a good thing in skater slang) for extreme sports enthusiasts across the West Coast and beyond. The park is set to open on Wednesday, March 23 on the southeast corner of Dune Palms Road and Blackhawk Way. 

The park will be open Wednesdays through Fridays from noon to 9 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents will be charged $2 per day, while non-residents will be charged $5 per day. According to NBC Palm Springs, “Annual passes can also be purchased, costing $25 for residents and $50 for non-residents. Helmets and waivers are required for entry.”

The $4.64 million skatepark islocated across from La Quinta High School and will feature a concrete practice pump track that wraps around a pair of water retention basins that will not be high enough to serve as obstacles or hazards. 

The skatepark drew in legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk, who visited La Quinta on Monday, Jan. 31 to check the park out. He told KESQ-TV that “it’s really first class and it’s one of the best skateparks ever built.”

Construction began in La Quinta on what officials say will be the largest competitive skate and BMX park in the Coachella Valley with three bowls, a pro-shop, and other facilities.

When I first saw it, I was pretty excited to see what it would look like at the end of the building process. 

On my first day of high school in August 2021, I noticed a bunch of students riding their bikes and skateboards in front of the school doing tricks with them. 

It made me wonder if students are actually looking forward to riding at the new skatepark. I am definitely looking forward to it because it looks so fun to ride. 

It also made me think about if we should actually have a skating team, made up of students, for the high school. (At the last school district Board of Education meeting on Tues., March 15, LQHS’ Skate Club was formally approved; the adviser is Lauren Cruz, a science teacher.) 

Once the skatepark has opened to the public, we can create a skate team and have tournaments against different teams. We can have people who do BMX, skateboarding, scootering, etc.

This matters to me because I thought that it could be a way for students who are into this can show off their special talents to the school. 

Fellow Blackhawk students also feel the same way. 

Frida Cabrera ‘25 has been skating for three years.

She said that if there was a skating team for the school, she would “ride a skateboard.” 

To her, skating is important because it helps her relax, she gets to go outside by herself and do whatever she wants.

A skate team would be necessary for the school community because “it will give people the opportunity to do what they love and feel free to skate,” she said. 

If we ever have a tournament at the skatepark, we can have jam sessions, best trick, and more. It can also be a bigger attraction for people to come pay to watch and we can use that money for our school fundraisers.

Macoy Crabtree ‘24 loves to skate a lot at this school and actually has been skating for his whole life. He said that if there was a skating team, “the perfect judges would be Rob Dyrdek and Tony Alva,” he said. 

Dyrdek is known for hosting the show, “Ridiculousness,” and he is a professional skateboarder.

Alva is also known for being a professional skateboarder, famously as the first one to launch the first vertical aerial ever at the Dogbowl in Santa Monica in 1977.

“Having a skating team would give students a different type of after school activity and it would allow students to push their personal and physical boundaries of learning,” Crabtree said.

Breanna Beltran ‘25, who is part of developing the new LQHS skating club, definitely thinks that there should be a skating team. 

“If there was a skating team, the team should be a trained group of people and possibly have 7 to 8 team members,” she said.

She thinks that a skate team would be important because “it allows for the community of skaters in school to have opportunities to be seen, it can give people ideas to start themselves and it’s just fun to enjoy and introduce.” 

“It gives me something to have fun with and the satisfaction of landing a trick really gets you happy and gives you that rush that keeps you going,” Beltran said.

Everyone loves to skate, so let’s give these people an opportunity to show that we students can do more than just learn. 


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