Last Saturday etnies and the City of Lake Forest celebrated the completion of the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest expansion project with more than five hundred skate fans and local community members who came out to show their support. Ryan Sheckler, Sean Malto, Devine Calloway, Kyle Leeper, Willow, Ryan Pearce and Alex Midler joined etnies owner Pierre-Andre Senizergues and the Mayor of Lake Forest to replant a tree at the park to celebrate the completion of the largest free skatepark in the nation before putting on a skate demo the fans won’t soon forget.
The $1,000,000 and 22,000 square foot expansion project, funded by the City of Lake Forest, brought lots of new trannies and street features including a mini bowl, street run, flow course, backyard style pool, upgrades to existing park features and barbeque area for skate camps and events.
The etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest was a first in skateboarding – In 2003 it was the first time a skatepark was created through a public/private partnership. It was Pierre-Andre Senizergues’ vision to raise awareness for cities to understand the importance of skateparks in their communities, and from that this public/private partnership was formed. etnies partnered with the City of Lake Forest to create this skatepark that currently has more than 1,200 skateboarders ride it each week. The etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest model shows that skateparks can be a major benefit to communities all over the world.