SKATEBOARD PARK SET TO REVOLUTIONIZE LOCAL SKATEBOARDING SCENE IN ORMOC. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte 4th District Engineering Office (DEO) has completed the Construction of the Ormoc Skateboard Park in Brgy. Juaton, funded under the General Appropriations Act of 2022 with a contract amount of PHP34,649,460.57.

Spanning an area of 1,350 square meters and measuring 25×54 meters, the project features an array of structures designed to cater to skateboarders of all skill levels. From the manual and curbs, bank and quarter pipes, brick and bank, volcano, center piece and stage, enthusiasts will find endless opportunities for exhilarating rides and thrilling maneuvers.

Ms. Ma. Cristine Y. Garnace, one of the Sports Commissioners in the Ormoc City Sports Commission (OCSC) and founder of Ormoc Boardriding Club, highlighted the park’s positive impact on the local skateboarding community, which will offer a space for youth not drawn to traditional sports, as skateboarding is seen as an extreme sport.

“This skatepark will build and sustain healthy communities and will be a gathering place for dedicated athletic youths, giving them a sense of belonging,” Ms. Garnace stated, adding, “More than anyone, young people need to feel like they are recognized and appreciated by their communities and most especially the local government authorities.” (PR / EV Mail April 29-May 5, 2024 issue)