Journey

1991 Skatepark Tour - BJ's Skatepark / Sessions Shop, Wichita KS

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 We headed west again towards Colorado where we would meet up with family.  Wichita was the next major city on our stop, and we came across a skatepark called BJ's with a shop attached to it called Sessions.  The shop had all kinds of old school skate gear and a full indoor park area.    The park was well made and full of options. The riding surfaces were smooth, and it was not very busy, which made it easy to practice without bumping into other skaters.  Unfortunately, we were just passing through so didn't have much time to stay and...

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1991 Skatepark Tour - Bullet Skateclub, Joplin MO

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Further west from Springfield, MO is Joplin, Missouri, where we found another local skatepark.   Bullet Skateclub was very cool indoor park with some amazing deals. This skatepark was laid out very well with several ramps to choose from.  I couldn't skate as well as some of the locals here, but at least I was a fairly good photographer.  This shot of one skater getting some air off the mini-ramp was taken using my mom's Minolta, handheld, manual click camera.  We didn't get to stay here for long as we were just passing through, but I was definitely glad we stopped...

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1991 Skatepark Tour - Rad'z Skatepark & The Hanger, Springfield MO

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 Our next stop was Springfield, Missouri.   It was an indoor/outdoor skatepark called Rad'z, and a hangout spot beside it called The Hanger.  Unfortunately, we didn't take many pictures, so my recollection of the park, or skating in it, is very vague.   We did find a youtube video of what's left of Rad'z/The Hangar. It's kind of interesting to see this video, and seeing the Hangar when it was fully painted compared to how it looked much later: Found the location of Radz skatepark 2018 Springfield, Mo - YouTube So that was Rad'z!  Too bad I didn't get to skate here....

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1991 Skatepark Tour - Bike Haus - Little Rock AR

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Little Rock had another surprise in store for us - a little shop and skatepark called Bike Haus.  The outdoor park at Bike Haus had a few ramps, and there were only a few skaters in the park when I arrived.  Everyone was super welcoming and friendly.    Graffiti was censored out here as it is considered inappropriate.  

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1991 Skatepark Tour - Kanis Park Rd Bowl - Hot Springs AR

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 After Alabama, we headed west towards our next stop, Little Rock Arkansas.   My mom wanted to visit the Hot Springs, and I was of course looking forward to whatever skate spot I could find.  Luckily we found a public skatepark with a Bowl and a small street area.   It was located on Kanis Park Rd.  Without delay, I got to work skating the Kanis Park Rd. Bowl.  After i'd had enough of the bowl, I figured i'd try some rail-slides and grinds in the street area they had set up.   There was a super long waxed curb which made it...

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