Skating event pops back up

Jean-Marc Johannes shows off his skills at the first Pop-Up Skate Park event, last year.

Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) is gearing up for its second Pop-Up Skate Park event and hopes to build on the successes of the previous one.

The event is on Saturday March 11 at the Kerkplein parking lot in Bellville, on the corner of Teddington and Vrede streets. There will be live music, dance groups and a skating competition.

Internationally renowned pro skateboarder Jean-Marc Johannes returns to the event (“Globe-trotting Jean-marc tears up the tar,” Northern News, April 21).

Since the last skate park event in April (“Skaters ‘pop-up’ in Kerkplein,” Northern News April 21), Jean-Marc has had many successes in the skateboarding world, taking gold at the FISE World Series in China in December.

This year, GTP will be giving away a R2 000 cash prize and other prizes for the skating competition. There will be two categories, one for under-15s and another for under-16s. Skating equipment from the previous event will be used for this one. It was made by pupils from Westcliff High School and Delft Technical High School.

GTP marketing and events assistant Tanya Muller, said: “Skateboarding is one of the few sports in which participants make creative use of the urban environment. Skateboarding also teaches discipline and commitment while also creating an outlet for creative expression.”The event runs from 10am to 2pm and includes live performances by Hiperdelic Music and IROK. Food trucks will be available on the day. Contact Ms Muller at 021 823 6713 or for details.