Letter: China Creek still special for ‘57-year-old unrepentant skateboarder’

Re: “Vancouver’s first skate park celebrates 40 years of carving and community,” July 18.

I really enjoyed John Kurucz’s article as it brought back a lot of great memories for this who, like P.D. and a host of other enthusiastic young skateboarders, was there when China Creek skate park opened.

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For your information, please note that China Creek actually opened in May, not late August 1979, as was reported in the article. During the spring and summer of ’79, China Creek became another of our local must-skate spots, along with Seylynn, the Skateboard Palace, the infamous Nelson Park halfpipe and a few other more discreet skateboarding locations.

Skateboarding became part of our lifestyles and identities and, even 40 years later, many of us “old guys” skate where and when we can and retain the enthusiasm for skateboarding, life and friendship that we shared in our youth. The fact that China Creek is still around and being skated by older and younger generations alike is truly a special thing.

Brian J. McKeown,

Vancouver

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