I am fortunate enough to live in an area that offers a variety of skateparks close to my home. The parks are an amazing buffet of choices: Ledges, transitions, banks all- amazing stuff. However, from time to time variety is the spice of life. Skating is a creative passion, and frankly, it’s important to check out new places to keep the mind sharp and the fire hot. Much like a buffet- you can’t stick with just one item, you gotta try all kinds of different choices. It furthers the point that despite my best efforts in my early 20s to prove this fact wrong- one cannot sustain themselves on a diet of pizza alone. From time to time I like to expand the menu and venture out to new spots or parks that I may not have the opportunity to frequent lately. You know perhaps try the eggplant parmesan sandwich, which I hear is delicious.
Kerr Park is located in Downingtown, PA. Last summer the kind folks at 5th pocket skate parks added a beautiful second phase to the current park, and I have been counting down to have the opportunity to check it out. The park is tight but offers a number of options: a bank to ledge, and an A-frame with a hubba parallel to it, and quarters set to create an incredibly carve worthy park.
My go-to appetizer is nachos. I love them and most places- even bad restaurants can put together a decent plate of nachos. It’s the Forrest Gump of appetizers because you never really know what you are going to get. I work myself through the park, drop in and carve around working in my go-to warm-ups: backside carve, catch a little grind, pop a little ollie and just for flavor a dash of rock and roll. Just getting warm around the park…
The main course:
I am good and warm now. I try to get out into the park and throw down my staples- this is my best old man skating: a boneless here, a no comply there, and lots of carving. Frontside grinds feel so good- a trick I couldn’t do in my previous skate-life. Fakie ollies are a current obsession and I figure how to work them into my run.
My favorite restaurant in town is called Homegrown. My favorite entrée is their fish tacos, but on this day, I switch it up and go with their sweet and sour bowl. It’s an egg fried rice, bell peppers, onions, broccoli, snow peas, bean sprouts, pineapple and I top it with grilled chicken. Delicious.
Okay, the afternoon is almost over and it’s time for me to start thinking about heading home. The day has been a treat, but I’m honestly looking for a cherry to put on top of this sundae. I say to myself, “self what will I think about on the way home that I wished I had tried to do here because I won’t be back for a little while…” I look around the park and see the Hubba: “50/50 on the Hubba. Yup, that’s the one I want!”
Hot apple pie with vanilla ice-cream on the side is the best. Honestly, if it’s on the menu, it’s my goto. Screw changing it up here- the mixture of hot and cold is perfect. My favorite dessert for sure. The 50/50 doesn’t come easy. I’m a little scared of it. The third time I make the Hubba, I’m a little surprised. I bail. It was right there. One more try- BOOM I got it. So, stoked. I give it another go… One more because you know: “two to be true”. I make the second one and roll away with a smile ear to ear.
Friends here’s to expanding your menus and having a diverse palate. Trust me on the hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream- it’s delicious.