Think fast! Where is Jackson’s only skatepark located? Time’s up–it’s right here in West Jackson!
In 2005, a couple of guys opened a new skatepark called Doc*36 in the Jackson Enterprise Center on Highway 80 (the Jackson Enterprise Center is in a former GE plant). After several years of hosting concerts, famous skaters, and fun for local skaters, the duo made a tough decision–to close it down.
So, earlier this year, this labor of love (which I’m sure was definitely labor for the duo) known as Doc*36 closed its doors. But what is a skater to do? With Doc*36 closed, the nearest skatepark is 90 miles away in Petal, Mississippi!
Enter Dustin Mallory. Dustin has reopened the venue with a new name–Splinter Skatepark.
He has teamed up with SkateMS to host a Grand Reopening event tomorrow (8 a.m. – midnight) that will feature a 6ft half pipe contest and music by Da Astronauts, Kasper, DJ Jay Captain J, Tonight Forever, Nautilus, Argiflex, Apollo, and With No Remorse. Oh, and food will be on deck too!
Admission is $5 and the event is open to all ages. Splinter Skatepark is located at 971 Highway 80 West, just east of Terry Road.
For more information on this event, call (601) 455-7819.
Special thanks to Tate Nations for the photo above. Make sure to visit his blog, SkateMS and help support more skateparks in Mississippi.
Here’s a clip of some skateboarding action when the venue was known as Doc*36: