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When Lawrenceburg’s skateboarders perform an ollie, nose grind or fakie (they understand those terms, trust us), they won’t be doing so on just any old obstacles.
The same man who built scores of ramps and obstacles for Tony Hawk, the world’s most famous skateboarder, will construct the obstacles in the soon-to-be-built 12,000-square-foot skateboard park.
Kelly Saad rose to fame over the years designing Hawk’s obstacles, and will be in Lawrenceburg once the park’s concrete foundation has been poured.
“If you see a picture of Tony Hawk in a magazine, chances are Kelly Saad built those ramps,” said Kaycie Len Carter, a member of the skate park committee who participated in last Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony at the county park.
Carter said the committee was working to find someone to design the park when they found out about Saad. She said they sent him an e-mail in which they told him the story about the community’s effort to get a skate park.
Saad agreed to design the park, and made the committee a terrific offer.
“He agreed to draw the design for free, which saved us thousands of dollars,” Carter said.
Saad’s pending trip to Lawrenceburg won’t be his first. Carter said he has already visited Anderson County to check out the park’s location and take in some of the local atmosphere.
“We took Kelly and his dog to Tony’s BBQ barn,” Carter said. “He grew up in Kansas City and said he loves barbecue, so we took him to Tony’s. He loved it.
“He even went to Beaver Lake and did some fishing.”
Before Saad can do his part, concrete has to be poured to build the park’s foundation.
“Once the concrete is laid and has a chance to set up, Kelly will come in and construct the ramps,” Carter said.
“They will have a steel base, then be covered with pressure-treated lumber.
“On top of that there will be material used by professional skaters called Skatelite, which is the same stuff Pizza Hut uses to make its cutting boards.”
Carter said it will take Saad four to six weeks to build the obstacles, “if it doesn’t snow on him.”
The park’s original design included ramps and jumps around 10 feet high, but that had to be scaled back because of insurance concerns, Carter said.
“Everything has to be 3 feet or under,” she said. “We had a bowl, but that had to go. Now there will be a moderated bowl designed in there.”
The park will feature two sections.
One will include ramps, the other a street-styled approach with rails, staircases, steps and other obstacles.
“That’s what the kids in Lawrenceburg are used to,” she said.
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