Grind it out at youth skateboarding clinics

For local youth seeking ways to improve their skateboarding skills, the town’s Parks and Recreation Department will come to the rescue this spring and summer.

The department has announced that there is still space available in its Skateboarding Clinics this spring. The classes will meet after school for children six to 12 years of age. Each clinic will meet four consecutive Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. and began on April 23.

The fee for the four sessions is $65 for annual members and $95 for non members. The price includes free practice skate time before or after the lesson until the park closes. For more information or to sign up call the Skatepark at 203-496-9876 or visit greenwichct.org.

The department also announced that registration has begun for its summer Skate Park Ramp Camps starting June 25. The Ramp Camp is for skateboarders between the ages of six and 14. Weekly sessions take place the weeks of June 25 to 28; July 8 to 12; Aug. 5 to 9; Aug. 12 to 16, and Aug. 19 to 23. Camp time will be spent teaching skaters new tricks, playing games and skating at this unique park.

The program runs weekly Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost for the weekly Ramp Camp program is $190 for the week for non members  $140 for the week for members.

There are also Pee Wee clinics for skateboarders six to nine years of age that run for one hour from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday with a rain date on Friday. These weekly clinics will meet the weeks of July 15 to 18; July 22 to 25; and July 29 to Aug. 1. The cost for the Pee Wee clinics is $95 for non members and $65 for members.

For more information, call Frank Gabriele at 203-532-1259, stop by the Parks and Recreation Department, or visit greenwichct.org.

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