Recently a friend asked us to be a part of "Open Streets Detroit". Which closes down one lane from downtown to mexicantown. You are able to ride bikes, skateboard, walk, etc. We built a bunch of random wooden ramps out of whatever we could find and more. It took about a week to build but the ramps came out really cool and people seemed to enjoy our set up. We even saw a few kids being introduced to skateboarding by letting them borrow our boards. Here's a black and white film recap.
At first I figured we were just building small ramps but if you know Derrick you know he goes hard. We used the picnic table in his backyard to build a crazy contraption, as well as the basketball hoop from the wig. His back yard looked like this for about a week. Sawing at night under flood lights included.
Once we got done building and painting all the ramps we rented a U-haul truck and brought everything to our location on the path. The event was from 12-5. We had quite a bit of people watching us, a lot of skateboarders showed up, and we were even introducing kids to it. Hopefully at some point we gained some new skaters here or there.
Pretty epic event! I'm glad to be apart of stuff like this. It was already a unique event and we added our own element to it. Thanks to all that helped us build, all that came to check us out, and Derrick for not giving up!