|Earthwing Hightailer 10" x 43", 23" wheelbase (actual wheelbase 22.3" with the trucks on the alternate mounting holes). Bear Trucks Polar Bear 180 trucks: 9.7" width x 49.5 mm height. Divine Trailblazer 60mm 92a wheels with Rush ceramic bearings.|
The county decided - finally - to allow the skatepark to be open all the time and have instituted a "skate at your own risk" policy. This is the best way to run a public skatepark. Pad nannies, membership management, even people to unlock the gates - these all cost money. Once the skatepark is built, the less personnel the government uses to run the park, the cheaper it will be. In fact, the only major costs the government will incur at an always-open skatepark are quarterly maintenance costs or, for concrete skateparks, annual maintenance costs. Additionally, skaters and skater supporters will volunteer to help with the periodic maintenance of the park. The government will incur minor costs for sanitary services (garbage, portable toilets), but with a skatepark collocated with other government recreation facilities, these and other indirect costs allocated to the skatepark will be minimal, and in any event far less than the direct costs associated with staffing the skatepark during opening hours.
So now I'm skating a big pops deck every day it isn't raining. I'm feeling fantastic, with no stress and also no pain. This is nice, especially considering that I spent the entire winter trying to heal up turf toe on my right foot, which is my primary push foot. The best things I've done for my foot are stretching and strengthening. The next best things are not wearing socks in my athletic shoes as well as getting skate shoes that give my toes lots of room and that don't let my feet slide forward in the shoe and cram into the front. My favorite skate shoes remain Lakai shoes, and I'm skating the MJ (Marc Johnson) shoes in size 14. Lakai generally has sizes consistent with normal sizing; most skate shoes are sized small, meaning I have to buy a size 15 to have the specifications for a size 14.