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Saturday is grand opening of Rhodes Skate Park

Posted: 6:25 PM, Aug 05, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-06 00:39:13Z

It's a day the local skateboarding community has been anticipating.

Saturday, August 6 is the official grand opening of Rhodes Skate Park and the Element 304 Americana building in Boise.

How hard a trick is to pull off really is, perhaps, a matter of perspective but locals are hoping to see some like a '360 Hard Flip' or an 'Ollie Impossible' at the grand opening event.

With plenty of professional skateboarders arriving at Rhodes Skate Park to grind, it's likely to be a deck grabbing day with chances for autographs as well.

Skateboarders from near and far are pumped to meet them.

"Seeing them do the big tricks like coming out right over there and stuff.. and doing the big 360 grabs and hard tricks I've never knew anyone who could do them," says Matthew Watkins, a skateboarder.

Watkins traveled to the City of Trees from Walla Walla, WA.

The new, world-class skate park seems to already be getting some serious street "cred."

"Our local skate shop told us that this was a gnarly park, that we should come over here and try it out," Watkins explains.

Element Skateboards is moving in across the street.

"304 Americana is going to be a community center for the skateboarders to congregate and the skate community to hang out, watch people skate," explains Johnny Schillereff, the founder of Element.

Whether you're looking to get a good run in, land the latest trick or even go for a grab... the park is designed to let you decide.

"I would like to say it's probably the best skate park in the world or, at the least, one of the best," Schillereff says.

The grand opening event begins at 1 p.m.

Locals will get a chance to win prizes during an open jam contest.

Plus, a collaborative art project will take shape with input from the public.