After seven-and-half years of blood, sweat and tears, the Patrick A. Tinnell Memorial Sports Complex has officially opened in Lake Havasu, in remembrance of the late Patrick A. Tinnell. Tinnell was an avid BMXer who tragically lost his life at age 26 in 2006 while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq. Thousands gathered during the opening ceremony of the new skatepark to dedicate the complex to Patrick as a legacy of the impact of love and passion for others in the community.
As an avid BMX rider, Patrick A. Tinnell had an undeniable passion for BMX and helping others. Many of his days were spent at the skatepark helping friends. The dream of Patrick A. Tinnell was fulfilled through the diligence of those who were impacted and fueled by his stoke on life.
Amongst many advocates, Street League Skateboarding Founder and Professional Skateboarder Rob Dyrdek shared his thoughts on the Tinnell skatepark as being, “one of the best in the world.”
Lake Havasu dignitaries, family, friends and professional athletes dedicated the new Patrick A. Tinnell Memorial Sports Complex with a full military honor guard to commemorate his life. A giant replica of Tinnell’s U.S. Army helmet is emphasized as the skatepark’s main feature that out-stands the rest as a reminder of why this park was created.
Tinnell’s mother cut the ceremonial ribbon with support from Congressman Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, State Rep. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City and state Sen. Kelly Ward who stood respectfully by her side.
The 40,000 square-foot park has brought attention to the top athletes of action sports including Street League Skateboarding Founder and Professional Skateboarder Rob Dyrdek, who has been a strong advocate in building the skatepark for the community. Fellow professional skateboarders Chaz Ortiz and Manny Santiago showed their support alongside the legendary pro BMXer Mat Olson.
Almost the size of a football field, with innovative features similar to the Street League Skateboarding complex at the first stop of X Games 2013 in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, many have seen the potential for progression in skateboarding, BMX and scooters at the sports complex.
“Everyone who rides a skateboard on the planet earth is going to want to come here, enjoy this beautiful city and skateboard on this,” exclaimed Rob Dyrdek.