Five ways to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day in Colorado today

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5. Check out the snake run at Arvada Skate Park Today's best and biggest event is likely to be the Square State Skate event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the new Arvada Skatepark at 13150 W 72nd Avenue -- Westword's Best of Denver 2012 Best Skate Park Winner -- presented in partnership with Arvada's Community Skate & Snow and the MRKT Skate Shop in Fort Collins.

"It's going to be a big' ol skate session and barbecue," says Square State Skate founder Brian Ball, who also organizes the summer skate camp program at the Arvada park. "Come out and join us!"

Be sure to bring some canned goods or extra clothing while you're at it: "We have organized a Relief Drive -- clothing, canned goods, whatever -- for the victims of the High Park Fire near Ft. Collins," says Ball. "Anything that gets donated will be brought to the Little Poudre Family Clinic, which is conducting its own clothing drive and has agreed to take our donations. The guys from the MRKT shop will also be collecting clothes at their event at the Northside Skatepark in Fort Collins."

4. Buy local We can recommend a number of local skate shops, including the ones mentioned above as well as 303 Boards, The Denver Shop, Emage, and TS Board Shop here in Denver, Crisis Skateboards in Broomfield, and Satellite Board Shop and Meta Skateboards in Boulder.

"If you're looking to support local companies as well as local shops, we like the decks and wheels from Boulder-based Null Skateboards," says Meta Skateboards owner Sam Hines. "Other cool local companies worth checking out include No Love Skateboarding, Conspiracy Skateboards and Voyage Skateboard Co.. And on the longboard front the two big local companies are Never Summer in Denver and Venom, a Boulder company that makes bushings and wheels. There's also Seismic Skate Systems, another Boulder company, that makes trucks, wheels, and some boards."

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Colin Bane
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