Once St. Petersburg riders felt tired of skating dirty lanes and rotten ramps. Having founded the Extreme Sports Association they decided to set upon the offices of the officials.

Much to the young people’s surprise, grown-ups they spoke to were open to meet them halfway. Today ESA is well-known and appreciated for dozens of competitions, skate parks’ technical outfit, has won respect of numerous skaters, snowboarders and bmx-riders of St. Petersburg.

The association participated in the «your budget» special government program by means of which local residents have a chance to decide how to spend the city funds. The happiness that the guys experienced having received two million rubles for the construction of a mini ramp on the Vasilevsky Island is difficult to describe. But that was just the beginning. Subsequently, the officials additionally invested in a project about five million rubles, which allowed the guys to build a dream skate park. The opening is planned for this fall.

You wish to build a skate park in your city, but do not know where to start? Here is a small guide for you.

Никита Петров / Nikita Petrov