Last week, San Clemente, a city in California, dumped 37 tons of sand on a local skatepark to keep kids from skating during the coronavirus lockdown. However, a few days later skateboarders, as they’ve done for years, fought back.
A group of very determined skaters and dirt bikers decided they’ve had enough.
First, the group used the sand and set up a dirt bike course, motocross videographer Connor Ericsson headed over to help and took footage of bikers using the dirt as a course.
“Took advantage of all the sand the city dumped into the San Clemente skatepark then helped some local skaters dig it all out so they could do some social shredding,” read the caption of Ericsson’s Instagram post.
Another user posted the video and said, “LOOOL checkmate government dweebs … Turning skatepark into a dirt bike track now.”
LOOOL checkmate government dweebs
Turning skatepark into a dirt bike track now pic.twitter.com/GYHi6cQvZo
— COLTYBRAH (@coltybrah) April 20, 2020
San Clemente Skatepark Coalition, the nonprofit that raised the $50,000 to light the park said that the city didn’t even notify them that they were going to dump the sand. Stephanie Aguilar, the nonprofit’s president, said that the city never contacted her. Instead, the city decided they were going to fill the park on their own terms and did it on the taxpayer’s dime.
“We have a pretty far reach with the skate community, we would have been happy to spread the message,” she said. “But there was no warning or anything.”
After the skaters created a motocross course they removed the sand and by the end of the day, most of the park was operational.