Those who skate understand that it is more than just a hobby. It is a lifestyle. Skate parks provide an atmosphere to unleash a reckless drive for adrenalin without fear of being chased away by angry business owners or flashing red lights.
Glad Tidings church, located at 1179 Eager Rd., Yuba City, opened a new skate park last year adjacent to the church called the GT Plaza.
Money for the new skate park came directly from the church funds. The park, open daylight to midnight every day, offers a place for people of all ages in the community to come together and have a good time. Stadium lights make it safe to skate at night. Skateboards, roller blades and scooters are welcome, but no bikes.
When coming into the skate park, you can feel the welcoming energy in the air. People who roll in as strangers wind up giving each other advice, tips and encouragement. The skaters seem to have a sense of respect for each other. Even if you are not a skater, you can feel the camaraderie.
Local skater Joe Bryan of Marysville said, “So many skate parks are full of negativity, but this one is positive. Whether you like it or not, you’re skating at a church, and it’s a positive atmosphere.”
The park has a very diverse atmosphere. People of all ages, sizes and skill levels come to enjoy the park. GT Plaza has even been visited by professional skaters Heath Kirchart and Anthony Van Englen.
If you do not skate, you are still welcome to watch some of the skaters attempt a wide variety of stunts. You do not have to be a member of the Glad Tidings Church. All members of the community are welcome to visit and enjoy the park.