Brandon Frederick nails a frontside  5-0 grind at Ferndale’s new skate park.

Brandon Frederick nails a frontside 5-0 grind at Ferndale’s new skate park.

Photo by Mike Koury


New skate park at Geary Park getting a lot of attention

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published July 16, 2019

 Brandon Frederick hits a frontside boardslide on one of the rails at Geary Park’s new skate park July 11.

Brandon Frederick hits a frontside boardslide on one of the rails at Geary Park’s new skate park July 11.

Photo by Mike Koury

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FERNDALE — After several weeks of development, the skate park in Ferndale has been completed and skaters are lining up to drop into the bowl.

The skate park at Geary Park features various rails, bowl curves and other street skating elements for people to enjoy.

Brandon Frederick, 23, was out at the park July 11 with his friend, Lennon Whiteside, 19. The Clawson resident has been skating for 14 years and usually skates at the park in his hometown, but he heard about the Ferndale bowl during its development and had to check it out.

So far, Frederick thinks the skate park has turned out great.

“It’s a lot of flow to learn. You got to be a little careful, but it’s a really good park,” he said. “I kind of like the street section a little bit more, with the rails and the little hubbas and all that stuff.”

Whiteside, a Royal Oak resident, also has been skating for 14 years and knew the Geary Park attraction was designed by Evergreen Skateparks, who also designed the Clawson skate park where he met Frederick at and which he frequents.

He said riding a new skate park takes time to learn and has a “new park feel” to it.

“You’ve kind of got to look around for everything first and plan out what you’re doing rather than just jumping into it,” he said. “It makes it a lot more fun since you don’t know what’s on each side of everything.”

While Whiteside said the skate park has been busy at times, it’s been a lot of fun to skate.

“It’s brand-new, so everybody’s going to be coming here and wanting to check it out, but if everybody’s cool to each other, everybody can get their turns in,” he said.

While the skate park has been completed, Parks and Recreation Director LaReina Wheeler said some landscaping still needs to be completed at the site. That includes installing a bioswale within the skate park, which is designed to filter stormwater.

“We’ll also have to put some seeding for grass around the perimeter of the skate park,” she said.

Wheeler said there are plans to hold a grand opening for the skate park at some point, but the date is to be determined. She is happy with how the park turned out and that it met the city’s expectations with how it was planned out in its development.

“We’ve been receiving a lot of positive feedback from the community, just a lot of praises, a lot of excitement, a lot of people who just go and watch the skate park and express how they enjoy just seeing the skaters do their thing,” she said.

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