Go Skate Day 2012: Wild in the Streets Camarillo





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Published on Jun 22, 2012


BACKGROUND: Camarillo Skate Park, affectionately referred to as "Cam Park", was built in 1998 by the City of Camarillo and was completely free of charge, helmet and pad laws, bike/skate/scooter time distinctions, and full-time park monitors until June of 2009 when it was donated to the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District, a separate entity from the city. Managers of the district quickly closed and reopened the park with all of the aforementioned restrictions—against a large public outcry at their board meetings. Going to the skatepark and trying to utilize it like thousands of people did for over a decade prior often resulted in immediate police action. Skateboarders were turned away, boards were taken, and "bans" and citations were issued. Even worse, the district was not at all interested in working with us to change any of the rules back.

So on National Go Skateboarding Day 2012 we decided to try and take back the park for a day; to have a single day that felt like "the good ol' days"—no fees to skate, no all-age helmet rules, and no hours to abide by. The event was organized, t-shirts were made, and a BBQ was to be hosted by the local skateshop, ironically named Revolution. The plan was simple: rush into the park and enjoy a day of skating while raising awareness of our situation.

However, we were not met with open arms by anyone in the city that day, as this video shows.


This event was organized and filmed by Anthony Allison with additional footage by Jake Teetsel, Eric Bueno, and Jared Martinez using a couple of Canon DSLRs, a handful of GoPros, and some iPhones. Edited by Anthony Allison.



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