Category Archives: Lake Cunningham Skate Park

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Summer 2017 Live Music

Jackie Rocks

Summer Live Music!

Spend your Friday nights riding at California’s Largest Skate Park to the sounds of a LIVE band! Every Friday night this Summer you can enjoy live music at a unique new venue. From 6:00-8:00pm every Friday night come hear a different rock-ska-punk-soul band while you ride!

  • Entrance is FREE for spectators, whom are not riding
  • Riders are $3 for youth and $5 for adults

Summer 2017 Schedule

 


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Ramp Features from Progressive Bike Ramps

 

Ramp Features from Progressive Bike Ramps

The Bike Park will feature over 40 diverse riding features fabricated by industry leader, Progressive Bike Ramps.  The week of August 15, 2016, PBR will bring in all the ramps and placing will begin! We are excited to join the list of superbly built bike parks featuring Progressive Bike Ramps features. Other parks include Bijou Bike Park, Ruby Hill Bike Park, Belle Isle Skills Park, Griffin Bike Park, and many other. Here’s just a few of the features you can ride in 2017!

Snake-Ladder Mountain-Top-2-PeakWhale-TailTripple-RollerSnake-LadderPrototype_DZig-Zag-90-Deg-TurnThe-Y_B3.5-Kicker-Ramp1Curved-Wall-Ride

 

http://www.progressivebikeramps.com

 


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Free College Fridays

FREE College Fridays!

If you have a current valid College Student ID card, then YOU can get in FREE to California’s largest skate park!  Bring your friends for a shred session every Friday at the Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park.  Every Friday this Fall, starting August 17th, College students get in free before 5pm with a current valid ID card. You can stay as long as you want…just get in before 5pm. We are open Fridays from 12pm-9pm. Remember that helmets, elbow pads and knee pads are required at all times. Rental packages are available for only $5.

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Clayton Parker, 14, center, of San Jose rides on his skateboard on Sept. 14, 2011 at Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park in San Jose. Parker has been coming to the park since it opened three years ago. (Dai Sugano/Mercury News)


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RECON BMX Competition Comes to LCRSP

RECON Tour comes to Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park on June 29, 2013!

Visit http://www.therecontour.com for details!

BMX Competition at Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park

BMX Competition at Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park


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Miss Agent Orange at Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park?

Yeah, I’ve been slacking…. anyways… Here’s a peak at what you missed.

Checkout monkeybone54321‘s YouTube videos for more!


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Scooter Backflip Action at Lake Cunningham’s Triple Threat Competition


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Get your skate on! Agent Orange at LCRSP

Southern California’s original original punk/surf power trio is coming to Lake Cunningham Regional Skatepark!

  • When: October 20, 2012 starting at 4:00pm
  • How Much? $10 bucks
  • Advanced tickets at smallbeating.com

 


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Looking for skateboarders 15-30 yrs old for major international brand promotional shoot

Got this from a producer from the Electric Company doing a shoot this week. Please contact them with the information requested below.

Looking for Skateboarders for an upcoming PROMOTIONAL shoot featuring a major international brand. Shoot will take place on OCTOBER 18th in the SAN JOSE AREA. Looking for young, enthusiastic SKATEBOARDERS between the ages of 15-30 that are willing show off a few tricks.

This will be a fast paced, energetic shoot lasting approximately 2.5-4 hours.

Please send your headshot, contact information and AGE – including phone number and resume to: dontmisselectric@gmail.com


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SJActionSports City Commendation

Did you know that SJ Action Sports was recently awarded a commendation by the City of San Jose? You didn’t? Well we did. Originally SOS (Save Our Skatepark), the group changed changed it’s name to SJ Action Sports to revitalize the group’s efforts to save Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park and has now extended itself to building awareness of the park’s new roots as San Jose’s action sports center.

Here’s a link to the video. You’ll need Silverlight installed in order to watch it.

 

See the video – it’s all cue’ed up for your convenience!


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From a Place Far, Far, Away

By Mechele Stolar

Receiving guests from far away lands is always exciting for the staff at Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park (LCRSP).  Hearing the accents, learning about other cultures and listening to stories, are things we thoroughly enjoy. With the Park’s growing popularity, the number of foreign zip codes has been increasing.  Israel, Europe, and China have been the farthest and it has been quite exciting to learn people are hearing about LCRSP from such a distance.

Typically, international guests are either families who are visiting on business or followers of BMX and skateboarding.  They come here to enhance their skills or test them by carving down the world’s largest Full Pipe, shredding up and down the tallest Vert Wall or attempting an over-vert inside the largest Cradle. Getting a glimpse of our local legends Steve Caballero, Jeff “Ffej” Hedges and Ron Wilkerson rippin’ it up with their friends and family, doing what they love most in the Skull bowl, is a major bonus.

So it was quite a fun surprise for us at LCRSP when four happy, hyper, California summer weather loving children rode in speaking with accents from yet another foreign land.  As their waivers were filled out we learned just how far they had come.  This time, it was not just far away.  It was not even far, far away.  It was faaaaaaaaaaaaaar away, where lions roar, zebras run, and hippopotamuses snort.  In some areas the sun blazes hotter than one hundred and twenty degrees without mercy, and whining is not allowed.  Black mambas, spitting giraffes and the six-eyed sand spider are considered friendly locals.  The ever alluring, immortalized land of secrets, adventures and heartache, is their home.  Africa.

Very quickly we realized we were experiencing something special.  None of them had ever skated before, but all four knew how to ride a bike.  Their parents found LCRSP on the internet and, on a whim they signed them up for lessons.  But it was their silliness, effort and constant energy that won the staff over.

Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Africa, is where Domilola (Domi) (9), Tobi, (6) and Mitchel (6) live.  They gathered for a family vacation in San Jose, California, home to Josh (7), a cousin from their father’s side.  Domi and Tobi are siblings, while Mitchel is a cousin from their mother’s side of the family.  Domi, is a very direct, fearless, lioness, who is clearly the boss in any given situation. Her quick wit and sharp tongue kept her brother and cousins in line all week as they learned to BMX and skateboard under the direction of Nick Valencia and Skate Park Supervisor, Andrew Helms.  Tobi, her younger brother, is the tough one, probably from practice of having such a feisty older sister. Josh, is the not-so-tough one who needed constant encouragement and a few hugs every time he fell.  Mitchel is the mediator, always trying to make things calm when young tempers flared.

Eager to learn and never still, they tore through LCRSP like they owned the place, and as Recreation Leader, Nick Valencia, puts it, “They’re their own little Nigerian skate team,” as they learned to carve, drop-in to the mini bowls and bunny hop around the park.   “They have fantastic athleticism,” Recreation Leader, Benjamin Little, remarked as they learned tricks quickly.   Josh accidentally managed to do a Rock-to-Fakie, originally intending to drop-in.  Tobi, fell several times, once landing hard on his stomach.  Not a tear was shed, nor did he complain.   Instead he gave us a “thumbs up” sign, showing he was fine.

The family also managed to rename a few things. The world’s largest Full Pipe was newly titled “The Cave”. Andrew can now add the moniker, Coach, to his list of Drew, Dude and Bro nicknames. Personally, I think their best addition is their use of the term “person”.  Instead of saying “Look out, step up,” or “Yo Dude, I’m going,” this foursome used the term “PERSON!” which they yelled loud enough for the geese across the lake to hear.  When it is shouted by a three-foot-two Nigerian boy, it’s a bit like “Coach, move outtada way, I’m going down da Cave now, PERSON!!!” and the towering six-foot-four Coach, kindly obliged with a grin on his face.

Lunch was an awesome way to get to know the kids, as Myles Solanoy, a fellow camper learned. “They eat a lot of different rice.”   Between turning Coach into a massaging chair and bites of their hot dogs, we learned what they love to eat.

One dish in particular is Domi’s favorite.  With her accent it sounded like she was saying, Jell-O-fries, which when repeated back to her, she burst into laughter. “Jell-O fries?  What are Jell-O fries?  Would Jell-O and fries even taste good?” After spelling it for us, we learned it is Jollof Rice, a scrumptious sounding spicy and orange-colored chicken and rice dish.  As for the boys, Mitchel’s favorite food is hot dogs, Josh likes bacon and sausage and, Tobi, well, he apparently loves pancakes. He jumped up and down about them They all share a hankering for citrus, their favorite drinks are Fanta, Sunny D, and Pink Lemonade.  No one owns an exotic pet.  No cobras exist in their bedrooms or hyenas in the back yard.  They do, however, like to play pranks on each other. They don’t like putting toys away. They eat as fast as they can because the last person has to clean the table. They now know who Tony Hawk is because “he is on the poster,” referring to the one from the Birdhouse Tour.

“They are funny kids from halfway around the world, ripping and shredding.  It’s fun to have some kids from a completely different world at the park. I’ve learned a lot from them.”  Nicely put, Coach.

It is indeed incredibly endearing to watch a group of kids who know nothing about the skateboarding or BMX culture, come to LCRSP and fully immerse themselves into it, making it their own.  Moments like this make LCRSP a special place. We get to meet extraordinary people every day and have fun at the same time.  The nearest skate park in Port Harcourt is about half an hour away from where Domi, Tobi, and Mitchel, live. They do plan to continue skating, once they can agree on a board.

 


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7-25-2012 Minutes: Lake Cunningham Bike Park Community Meeting

Thanks to everyone who attended the first Lake Cunningham Bike Park community meeting. Here are the official minutes of the first bike park community meeting.