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Skateboarding in Houston

The world of skateboarding has changed, well, more than just a little bit in the last 40-50 years. And Texas may be poised to become the center of the skateboarding universe. Next year, the city of Austin will host the X Games – skateboard competitions are featured prominently in those games. Here in Houston, we […]

The Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark (image courtesy City of Houston).

The world of skateboarding has changed, well, more than just a little bit in the last 40-50 years. And Texas may be poised to become the center of the skateboarding universe.

Next year, the city of Austin will host the X Games – skateboard competitions are featured prominently in those games. Here in Houston, we have a large public skate park, the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark, west of downtown.

The Jamail skate park may soon be joined by another, larger skate park here in Houston near Greenspoint Mall. To tell us about that, and efforts to raise the profile of skateboarding in Houston, we hear from Jason Espeseth,  skateboard enthusiast and member of PUSH, or Public Use Skate Parks for Houston. Also we hear from Louis Moore, Senior Superintendent of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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