CYPRESS, Calif. (March 19, 2014) – Vans and Jack's Garage in partnership with the City of Huntington Beach today announce the grand opening date of the highly anticipated Vans Off the Wall Skatepark and Jack's Garage skate shop on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Huntington Beach, California. Commencing with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. the free and public park will officially be open to the community until 4:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. everyday thereafter. Activities and giveaways from Vans and Jack's Garage are planned throughout the day to celebrate the occasion, including autograph signings from Vans pro skateboarders and the inaugural "SoCal Sole of Fame" induction ceremony to honor local skate legends.
"We're excited to see this project that was years in the making finally come to fruition," said Vans President Kevin Bailey. "We're thankful to the City of Huntington Beach, California Skateparks, Jack's Garage and everyone who worked so hard in developing a world-class family-friendly skate facility that the whole community can enjoy."
The grand opening celebration will begin with an official ribbon cutting and key words from representatives from Vans, Jack's Garage, California Skateparks and the City of Huntington Beach's own Mayor, Matthew Harper. The day will bring fun and activities for everyone including giveaways, autograph signings from Vans pro skate team riders, Taco Surf taco carts, and the Longboard Ice Cream truck. Vans will also present the inaugural "SoCal Sole of Fame" induction ceremony where Huntington Beach skate legends Christian Hosoi, Ed Templeton and Tosh Townend will be honored for their respective contributions to local skateboarding.
"We are super excited about this partnership with Vans and the City of Huntington Beach," said Jamal Abdelmuti, co-owner of Jack's Garage. "We are stoked to have a skatepark of this caliber available to the local community as well as to traveling skateboarders from around the world. Thank you to everyone that helped make this idea into a reality."
Designed and built by California Skateparks, the newly constructed 42,500 square foot Vans Off the Wall Skatepark is located at 7471 Center Avenue in Huntington Beach, California and the 3,000 square foot on-site Jack's Garage store offers a fully-stocked skate shop featuring Vans and other top brands along with a pro shop for skate equipment and rentals.
"Working with the Vans organization and Steve Van Doren has been an experience I’ll never forget," said Joe Ciaglia, CEO of California Skateparks. "Vans is a staple in skateboarding and we knew we’d have to live up to their reputation. With the creativity and passion contributed by both Vans and California Skateparks, this park is absolutely going to be the best in Southern California.”
"Vans is honored to bring to the City of Huntington Beach a world-class skatepark that generations of kids and parents can enjoy forever," said Steve Van Doren, Vans' vice president of events and promotions. "We are happy to have this great park in Vans' backyard and just 10 minutes away from where we lived when my father moved to Southern California to start Vans."
Vans Off the Wall Skatepark
7471 Center Avenue, Huntington Beach, California 92647
Park Hours Opening Day: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Park Hours Sunday-Saturday, Beginning March 23: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
BMX All Day Wednesdays (Skateboarders Welcome)
Venue Tag: #offthewallskatepark
Grand Opening Day Schedule
10:00 a.m. Official Ribbon Cutting & Park Opening
1:00 p.m. “SoCal Sole of Fame" Induction Ceremony
1:30 p.m. Vans Team Autograph Signing
4:00 p.m. Park Closes
*Parking: For opening day, public parking will be available at Goldenwest College in the Eastside Lot (Gothard St.) with a shuttle running to and from the park throughout the day.
Opening Day Park Rules
For the safety of our guests, only skateboarding will be allowed for opening day. All skaters must have a helmet and those under 18 will also be required to wear knee and elbow pads. Sorry, but skaters under the age of 6 will not be permitted to skate. All participants must sign a waiver and those under the age of 18 must have their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) sign a liability waiver in the presence of a Vans employee or notary. There are no exceptions to this rule.
For more information, visit www.vans.com.
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear and apparel brand. Vans collections include authentic footwear, apparel, accessories and snowboard boots that are sold globally in more than 170 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and foreign offices. VF Outdoor, Inc. owns and operates more than 300 stores of the Vansbrand in the United States and internationally, each offering a wide range of Vans footwear and apparel while communicating the brand and athletes' rich stories. The Vans brand promotes action sports lifestyle and youth culture through support of athletes on boards and bikes all over the globe and through progressive events such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans Downtown Showdown, the Vans Pool Party, the Vans Warped Tour® and surfing's most prestigious contest, the Vans US Open of Surfing. More information about the Vans brand can be found at www.vans.com, Twitter @vans_66 and www.facebook.com/vans.