Skateboarders turn out for ‘epic fundraiser’

Event outside Grains of Wrath brewery will benefit Camas-Washougal skatepark

A skateboarder gets some air while a crowd gathered outside Grains of Wrath brewery in downtown Camas watches at a June 14 fundraiser for the Camas-Washougal skatepark.

A skateboarder rides over a ramp at a June 14 fundraiser for the Camas-Washougal skatepark, held at Grains of Wrath brewery in downtown Camas.

A skateboarder shows off a few stunts at a June 14 fundraiser for the Camas-Washougal skatepark, held at Grains of Wrath brewery in downtown Camas.

DJs from JAM’N 107.5 FM radio station pumped old-school hip hop tunes as skateboarders carved, kickflipped, ollied and caught air on an obstacle course set up outside Grains of Wrath Brewery in downtown Camas on Friday, June 14.

The event, a fundraiser for the Camas-Washougal skatepark, attracted dozens of skateboarders and onlookers throughout the late afternoon and evening Friday.

Billed as “an epic, all-ages fundraiser” by its hosts — Grains of Wrath along with Nest & Love Photography of Camas and the Portland-based skateboard distributor Unheard — the event featured raffles, music by JAM’N 107.5 and DJ RMP, an open “all ages, all abilities” street course, ollie and hippie jump contests, skateboard vendors, event T-shirts, craft brews and local food.

All proceeds will benefit Partners with Camas Parks and Rec, and help support the renovacation of the a 12,500-square-foot Camas-Washougal skatepark, located next to the Riverside Bowling Alley off Northeast Third Avenue and Shepherd Road in Camas.

The only skatepark in East Clark County, the nearly 20-year-old park was built to be a “street course” with ramps, rails, picnic tables, a loading dock and stairs, but skateboarders say the park and its elements have deteriorated significantly over the last decade. They are hoping to tear down the remaining elements and get a poured-concrete park that will better withstand the elements and provide a sturdy park for local skaterboarders and other park users.

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