New skate park renovations to be revealed at Sk8 Church’s Thrash ‘n Bash |

New skate park renovations to be revealed at Sk8 Church’s Thrash ‘n Bash

Nathan Bartels works on one of the new features in the “street-style” section of the Steamboat Sk8 Church. The section is currently closed but will be opened for skating Thursday night as part of the Thrash ‘n Bash party at the church. Sk8 Church reaches out to children and young adults in the community and provides safe and sober events and other youth programs. (Photograph by John F. Russell)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Nathan Bartels, executive director of the Steamboat Sk8 Church, was hard at work Monday afternoon cutting wood and helping to renovate the church’s “street-style section” of its indoor skate park prior to Thursday night’s Thrash ‘n Bash event.

“We are planning on holding the skate park reveal at the party,” Bartels, said. “We have been working to redo the street-style section of our indoor facility. The idea is to make everything more skate-able but also easier to learn on and more fun for some of our younger kids.”

If you go

What: Sk8 Church’s fourth annual Thrash ‘n Bash
When: 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25
Where: Steamboat Sk8 Church, 2851 Riverside Plaza
Cost: $10 with costume, $13 without costume

The crew working with Bartels included several current members of the church and others whose lives have been transformed by the local church that reaches out to middle school- and high school-aged children in the community along with young adults and provides a space to skateboard and a place to hangout without the pressures of drugs or alcohol.

Professional skateboarder Jud Heald, who owns Christian-based Untitled Skateboards, also helped out. He leads a demonstration team that travels around the country using skateboarding as a way to reach and help children. He is also a ramp builder who helped Sk8 Church build the original skate park several years ago, and he traveled to Steamboat Springs last week to help build the new section.

The annual Thrash n’ Bash event, for children 12 and older, will include a costume party with a $100 cash prize for best costume and a skateboard competition. This year’s event will run from 5 to 10 p.m. with the skateboarding competition happening from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $10 for those in costume and $13 for those who come without a costume.

Bartels is hoping that Sk8 Church, which sees roughly 100 children and young adults each week, can increase its reach. He said the venue is open from 2 pm. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and there are times for middle school students, high school students and young adults to gather.

In addition to offering an indoor bowl and the new 2,000-square-foot street section, Bartels said Sk8 Church has recently started offering tutoring and counseling at little or no cost to participants.

“It’s a safe and sober place to come and hang out right after school,” Bartels said. “There are volunteers that will help tutor you in math for free, and then when you are done, you can strap on a helmet, put on some pads, and we will teach you how to drop in, as well.”

The new street-style section of the indoor skate park was made possible thanks to Heald, who provided his services at a greatly reduced cost, a grant from Heart of Steamboat Springs United Methodist Church and a lumber donation from Steamboat Lumber.

“We just want to show these kids a good time in a sober environment,” Bartels said. “You don’t have to be under the influence of a substance to have a good time.”

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

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