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Skate Ignatius turns 10

ST. IGNATIUS – Roughly 100 skateboarders with varying ages and skills from around Montana came to show off their best tricks and celebrate Skate Ignatius skate park’s 10-year anniversary. 

Saturday’s skate jam was “fantastic” according to skate park coordinator Kristie Nerby.

The jam started at noon and concluded at 4 p.m. and was held in conjunction with the town’s 35th Annual Good Old Days celebration.

Along with the various competitions held throughout the day there was also music with a live DJ, product tosses, raffles and refreshments to add to the crowd’s enjoyment.

The skate park stretches over 10,000 square feet and features a kidney bowl and other obstacles providing skateboarders of all skills and abilities a challenge. 

“The park holds its own with any of its size,” Nerby said.

The skate park was constructed ten years ago in response to several tragic alcohol-related youth deaths and to create a positive recreational outlet for kids.

“It’s so important,” skater Kim Petersen said about the skate park. Petersen started skating back in college at the University of Montana and has been skating for the last 20 years. According to Petersen, skate parks like Skate Ignatius give kids options. “It connects kids to something more. You are part of a community,” she said. “It offers something outside the usual.”

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