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Skateboarding scene could grow in the coulee


Ben Hughes no longer has fluorescent hair, but demonstrates that he can still ride at the "SK8 Park" at North Dam Park, which he'd like to see further developed. - Scott Hunter photo

A guy who had brightly colored hair in his youth, but wears a tie to work now, would like to see the local skateboarding scene grow to include more features at the park, local competitions, and more, and would like all the support he can get from local skaters.

Ben Hughes, a commissioner on the Coulee Area Park and Recreation District since February, has a background in skateboarding himself.

"I started skating in 1985 on a bright orange banana board (now called Penny boards)," Hughes says, and he just messed around on them until he was a teenager when a kid, a skateboarder from L.A., move...

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