The Rise and Fall of Skatewave Skatepark
5 year old Todd Smith at Skatewave Skate Park
Thrasher Magazine, August 1981
In 1977, movie goers took to the theaters in droves to witness a mind-blowing spectacle that defined a generation—Star Wars. The story of a band of rebels taking on the galactic Empire in a war against tyranny must have resonated with young Mobilians hoping to win a battle of their own—approval for a local skateboard park.
At the end of 1977, it appeared as though the young Rebels scored a victory when the Mobile city council gave initial approval for a skateboard facility at Municipal Park (aka Langan park). But just like in the movies, The Empire Strikes Back…
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