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Free skateboard clinic Saturday
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The Steve and Kate Smith Skate Park at Milner Recreation Center has been a popular spot since it opened three years ago. A free skateboard clinic will be held next weekend courtesy of McMinnville Parks and Recreation.

McMinnville Parks and Recreation is holding a clinic that’s radical dude.

A free skateboard clinic is set for next weekend at the Steve and Kate Smith Skate Park at Milner Recreation Center.

The hour-long clinic will be held Saturday, July 17 in three sessions. Participants ages 6-12 can come at either 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. Those over 12 can come to an 11 a.m. session.

Instruction is free.

“It’s the basics of skateboarding. All skill levels are welcome,” said organizer Michael Benusches with McMinnville Parks and Recreation.

Instructors from Vivid Skateboards will be on hand conducting the classes and Pinnacle Orthopaedics is on board to provide a free helmet for everyone who preregisters by calling 473-1212.

“A couple of their instructors are very experienced in the art of skateboarding so I’m sure they will be doing some things on the ramps,” said Benusches. “A lot of it will be basic stuff too about balance, maintaining focus, and how not to fall off a skateboard. We’ve had requests to have another clinic like this so we decided it would be a good thing to do to renew our relationship with Vivid Skateboards.”

The skate park is a popular attraction at the Milner Recreation Center complex with skaters flocking to the facility on a nightly basis. The skate park is equipped with a variety of ramps and obstacles to allow for high-flying tricks.

Skaters are welcome to attend without preregistering, but they are not guaranteed a free helmet.