On Sunday November 1,2015 the Charmcity Skatepark, The Baltimore City Department of Transportation, The Baltimore City Police Department and the Waterfront Partnership collaborated to put together the Charmcity Skatepark’s Real Street contest. The contest was held at the Harry Kaufman Pavilion located at the edge of Rash Field. The “Pavilion” is a spot that has long been problematic for Harbor Police and skateboarders. With the options the spot offers coupled with the smooth ground, it’s no wonder the skateboarders are attracted to it. What makes it an issue is the sheer amount of Inner Harbor tourists flowing through the Pavilion’s steps and surrounding area. Also the occasional heavy handed response to skating at the location by a few over zealous bad apples which unfortunately made national news. The purpose of this event was to get everyone on the same page and move forward, together.
The Real Street contest featured a small course which utilized the natural street terrain which is located at the Pavilion. There is a gap and a set of three stairs and a cobble stone wedge. The Charmcity crew added a hubba down the backside of the gap and covered the cobble stone wedge with a smooth landing ramp and a four foot launch. The Harry Kaufman Pavilion is located right on the promenade of the famous Baltimore Inner Harbor. The back drop to this event was undeniably beautiful which helped to add to the Real Street contest distinctive flavor.
The contest was for skateboarding and BMX. The skateboarders were skating the gap and the hubba. The bikers rode both the hybrid (half existing cobble stone/half Charmcity Skatepark manufactured wooden jump ramp) and the hubba. All the coliseum style seating was filled with a mix of BMXers, skateboarders and fans. Also peppered in the crowd was a large number of families and tourists who were so enamored with the trickery they were witnessing, they just had to cop a squat for the duration.
In between the skate and BMX division pro mountain biker Marla Streb who owns the Handle Bar Cafe in Fells Point was on hand to discuss bicycle safety in Baltimore City.
Although the event participants were one hundred percent amateurs, the level of skating and riding was so advanced a lot of kids and adults start a line for autographs. Impressive start for the Real Street contest series. Let’s see what they come up with for next year.
Click here for Charmcity Skatepark Real Street contest video coverage on Vimeo.
The Charmcity Skatepark – Baltimore
The Charmcity Skatepark was started in September 1994 by Baltimore skateboarder Jason Chapman. The Charmcity Skatepark has strived to build the Baltimore skate scene (literally) and support skateboarding through events, demos and contests and help bring top talent and events to Baltimore. The 20,000 plus square foot facility is one of the largest on the east coast. The park is located in the Canton Trade Center industrial park in the Canton area of Baltimore (a stones throw from the historic Fells Point waterfront area) Maryland. The street address is 4401 O’donnell St. Baltimore, Maryland 21224. They can be found on the web at www.charmcity.tv
The Charmcity Skatepark – Rising Sun
The Charmcity Skatepark has recently opened a second location in Rising Sun, Maryland. It’s right near the Mason Dixon line off Route 1. It’s commonly referred to as the Charmcity Mason Dixon Skatepark. This park is a smaller than the original but has no poles or columns. It boosts a street oriented set up and has been referred to as the East Coast Berrics.
The Charmcity Skatepark Team
The Charmcity Skatepark team has consistently won the Best of Baltimore Contest Series and has won the Shop Contest at the Academy Skatepark in Connecticut. The Charmcity Skatepark team are the proud winners of the 2013 Focus Magazine and Rep215.com’s Park Montage contest. They are also the proud winners of the Dew Tour’s 1st ever Amateur Shop Battle held at the Dew Tour Beach Championships in Ocean City, Maryland. The Charm Team most recently got 2nd Place at the 2015 New England AM shop contest at the Skaters Edge Skatepark.
The Charmcity Skatepark team frequently does team demonstrations for major companies (ASA,AST,Bowie Baysox,The Maryland Science Center,Dew Tour,Six Flags,Camp Sunrise-CampForTheTerminallyIll),schools and other skateparks. Charmcity Skatepark frequently partners with large sponsors like Red Bull, Monster Energy, Vitamin Water, Under Armour, Gatorade and Jerry’s SCION to bring Baltimore the larger contest series and create unique events on behalf of these large clientele. Working with these companies to push skateboarding is an awesome opportunity, one that the Chramcity Skatepark has had much success with! Their work with the less fortunate has been recognized and awarded by Mayor Martin O Malley and Mayor Sheila Dixon. The team stays busy street skating,chillin at the park and constantly filming for various video projects.