AUDIO: Riley Skate Park, Farmington Hills, MI
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Riley Skate Park is sprawling park on 8 Mile Road in Farmington Hills, Michigan, a few miles outside Detroit. It opened two years ago, a 29,000 square foot, all-concrete skate park that’s free and open to the public – no forms or waivers to sign. It’s open from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm during summer.
A mix of transitions (“tranny,” in skate lingo) and “street,” the park features bowls, ramps, ledges, mani-pads, and a so-called an “MLK Ledge,” named for a famous skate spot at Martin Luther King High School in Miami. Detroit Public TV called it “one of the most impressive skate parks in the Midwest.”
We talked to a few skaters who love the place, including Joe Terrell and his “thrasher” son, Tommy, whose friend Jake told us, “I like skating here because it’s a sick skatepark.”
(Joe had taken his kids to see a Slayer and Rob Zombie concert the night before.)
After leaving the Detroit area and driving toward Chicago, Willem conducted an interview with the other boys…
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