Places: The Dave Olseth Memorial Skatepark

By Beacon Staff

Thanks to skate park supporters, who have been working feverishly to clear the last of the snow and ice from the Dave Olseth Memorial Skatepark in Whitefish, nearly every part of the park is open.

The park is an impressive combination of features – including two pools, a burnside wall, down bars, flat bars, metal rails, down box, pyramid, cradle and stairs – and is located amidst open fields, parks and Big Mountain towering to the north.

“The walls are much bigger here,” said Austin Bilderback.

“It’s a great place to learn,” said fellow skater Bryce Meehan. “It’s big and has a wide variety of obstacles.”

Bilderback and Meehan said they spent the day before clearing nearly three feet of snow out of the main bowl with about a dozen other volunteers. It’s this kind of community appreciation for skateboarding that makes the park an ideal destination, from beginners to experts.

The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to dusk. Helmets, knee pads and elbow pads are strongly recommended. Bicycles, scooters and any motorized vehicles are prohibited in the park.

For more information contact the Whitefish Skateboard Association at 406-253-5365.

How to get there: From downtown Whitefish, turn east on Second Street East. At just under one mile, turn south on Armory Road. The skate park is on the north side of Armory Road, just past the Roy Huff Memorial Armory.

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