(Vail)-The Vail Recreation District (VRD) has an alternative to team sports for active kids who live in or visit the Vail Valley this summer, skateboarding clinics held from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at Vail Skatepark on the top level of the Lionshead parking structure.

Instructors of the skateboard clinics teach everything from basic skills and etiquette for newcomers, to dropping-in or perfecting a boardslide or kickflip for the more advanced skateboarders. All participants should bring their own skateboard and helmet, while other protective gear such as knee, elbow and wrist guards are recommended.
"Just because a boy or girl doesn't enjoy a team sport doesn't mean they want to spend the summer indoors," said Chad Young, VRD Director of Community Programming, which offers the weekly clinic. "They have a lot of energy and the skateboard clinics offer the perfect outlet for that energy.  Another advantage to skateboarding is that it's easy for visiting skateboarders to pack their board and enjoy a favorite hobby on vacation."

Located on top of the Lionshead parking structure, the Vail Skatepark is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk. Parking to access the facility is available in the LionsHead parking structure and is free all day, all summer long. The facility is also located on the Town of Vail's free in-town transit system.  
For more information, check out http://www.vailrec.com/youthactivities.cfm#skateboardclinics, contact Chad Young by e-mail at cyoung@vailrec.com or call 970-479-2292. For more information on all other VRD activities, go to www.vailrec.com  


Contact: Chad Young, 970-479-2292, cyoung@vailrec.com, VRD Director of Community Programming     

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