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Video: What will the new skate park bring to Lansing?

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LANSING, Ill. (August 11, 2023) – Cameron Jones and his crew are working hard to meet the demand for skate parks across the country. He works for American Ramp Company, based in Joplin, Missouri, and they built parks in New York and Arizona before coming to Lansing. From here they will likely head to Arkansas. “It just never stops,” said Jones. “We’re booked out for a few years.”

Cam Jones is building community too. He’s a skateboarder whose life was changed by the sport, and he understands what it can do for others. “It kept me out of trouble,” he says, even going so far as to suggest it saved his life.

In the video below, Jones gives a tour of Lansing’s skate park and a timeline of his crew’s work there. He also breaks open the skateboarder stereotype, replacing it with more complex concepts like drive, discipline, and community.

The skate park in Park Plaza is the latest destination park introduced by the Lan-Oak Park District and will offer an upgraded experience from the wood skate ramps constructed in Bock Park in 2001.

The 2001 skate park was constructed of wood ramps and synthetic decking, says a press release from Lan-Oak Park District. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Cam Jones says the skateboarding culture is very inclusive, welcoming experts, beginners, and even people who just want to watch. He believes the location of the new Lansing skate park will make it a vibrant part of the community.

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Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.