CHESHIRE – Ask John Ingrassia, a town resident, and he’ll tell you that his community has one of the nicest skate parks in the area.
Now he hopes to get more people to use it.
Ingrassia and her friends hosted a special Zoom event for Saturday, and some notable names in the skateboard industry are expected to join. The meeting will take place at 2 p.m. and will be recorded for later viewing. To register, visit www.johningrassiamusic.com or contact Youth Services at (203) 271-2769.
“Skateboarding has always been a hobby of mine, and Cheshire has such a great facility for kids who are really interested in getting good at skateboarding to practice,” Ingrassia said. “My friends and I wanted to organize an event that would get kids interested in skating and music excited about what they can do together.”
The town’s skatepark is located in the Bartlem Recreation Area at 520 South Main St.
Ingrassia will host the special “Zoom Hangout” with several professional skateboarders turned musicians who wish to reach out to the younger generation. Ingrassia has noticed a trend where professional skaters and musicians are working together to produce skating videos with members of the younger skating community.
“Some of these guys have amazing skills, (and) they used to tour in the ’90s with (pro skater) Tony Hawk,” he said. “Now they’re a little older, some of them have entered the music scene as well. They started creating these amazing skating videos with young kids with really amazing music mixed in. I want to involve our children with them and see what they can do.
Professional skaters Kevin Harris, Claus Grabke, Steve Alba and Steve Steadham are expected to join the virtual event.
Harris became a professional skater in 1989, when he was named Canada’s very first professional skateboarder. To this day he is still considered one of the best freestyle skaters in the world. Grabke, who was born in Germany, is now a music producer and in his spare time transforms abandoned swimming pools into skateparks for communities. Alba and Steadham are both skateboarding pioneers and musicians, Alba making a name for himself in backyard pool skating, while Steadham was a member of the “Bones Brigade”. who appeared in a 1980s film on the US professional skating circuit.
“What we originally wanted was to have a festival at the skate park with these guys and for kids of all ages and abilities to come together and have a good time,” Ingrassia said. “But because of COVID-19 and since (Clau) is international, travel restrictions have made it difficult to bring everyone together in one state. But this Hangout Zoom will be a precursor to something that we can hopefully roll out over the next year. “