Written by: Emily Bates
Pro skaters Rob Dyrdek, Shane O’Neill, Manny Santiago and Chaz Ortiz will be in Lake Havasu City this weekend on Saturday October 19th, for the launch of the Patrick A. Tinnell Memorial Sports Complex. The grand opening ceremony of the new facility will include a full military honor guard to commemorate the life of BMX biker and U.S. Army SPC Patrick Tinnell, killed in action in April 2006 at the age of 25. The Bones and Kr3w Skateboarding Teams will be attending the launch of the Street League Skateboarding-certified skate park, in addition to legendary pro BMX rider Mat Olson.
Lake Havasu City will also be celebrating their 50th Anniversary with the opening of the largest skatepark in the state of Arizona, and the largest multi-use skatepark in the Southwest. The giant facility is nearly the size of a football field with million dollar lake and mountain views. According to the LHC Convention & Visitors Bureau, the combined economic impact of tournaments and visitation to the new skate park will yield almost $1 million in local spending.
The dedication will be the cornerstone of the 50th anniversary of Robert P. McCulloch’s vision of a new recreation area along the banks of the Colorado River, a 2-1/4 hour drive south of Las Vegas. The annual Lake Havasu City Fall Fun Fair, a family oriented event with games, food, and vendor booths will be taking place at the same time.
WHO: Lake Havasu City, Arizona
WHAT: 50th anniversary celebration of Lake Havasu City; Tinnell Memorial Sports Complex opening and skate demonstration; Lake Havasu Museum of History exhibit on Havasu’s history, including McCulloch J-2 gyrocopter “Museum1”; the LHC Fire Department’s first fire truck; commemorative birthday cake contest, food booths, and beer garden.
WHERE: Rotary Community Park, 1400 Smoketree Ave N., Lake Havasu City, Arizona
WHEN: 10 a.m., October 19, 2013; Fall Fun Fair continues until 8 p.m.