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County Set To Hire Part-Time Skate Park Employees

The Brandon Skate Park in Riverview seeks a part-time employee to work with visitors to the Hillsborough County facility at 5720 Providence Road. Also needed, a part-time worker for the skate park in Apollo Beach.

Hillsborough County seeks "someone responsible and professional, with a true passion for skateboarding" to work part-time at the Brandon Skate Park in Riverview, at 5720 Providence Road.

There, Jeff Miller, the park's newest director, said more than 1,700 people have registered to skate in the park designed and constructed by Team Pain.

"We're looking for a person who loves skating," Miller said in a phone interview Feb. 21. "If you need a job, this one is open."

Also open is a part-time job at the skate park in Apollo Beach. Both parks are owned and operated by the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department.

On the job, a passion for skating wouldn't hurt, Miller said. "They can teach different tricks and during their spare time they can come out and skate."

Miller, who said he has been on the job himself "for a few days," had nothing but high praise for the park in Brandon. "This is real nice," he said. "This a  real good thing the county did."

Skaters "like the design," he said. "Every trick they see on TV, we have it here."

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Interested in Part-Time Employment at a Skate Park?

Working at a Hillsborough County skate park requires knowledge of skateboarding, park rules and regulations, and safety requirements. Minimum requirements to apply include:

  • Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate;
  • Possession of a First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification; and
  • Possession of a valid Driver License

Those interested must apply by 11:59 a.m. on March 1. A job description and application can be found online under RECREATION LEADER I (PART-TIME).

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From an earlier report:

The 11,000-square-foot park was funded with impact fees and general revenue dollars. Team Pain, a company owned and operated by skaters that for 30 years has been creating custom skate parks for communities and skateboarders worldwide, worked under Hennessy Construction Services Corp. as a member of the design, permitting and construction team.

The Brandon Skate Park is the first skate park built with taxpayers' dollars.

  • Photos of the park under construction.

According to county officials, the park cost $499,501 and is best described, according to a Brandon Patch interview with Team Pain foreman Chris Berry in January, as a "street course," featuring a bowl, "like a swimming pool, 9 feet, 6 inches deep."

The Brandon Skate Park is at 5720 Providence Road, in the Greater Brandon community of Riverview.

Included in the course are radius ramps, stairs, rails, ledges, banks and pool coping, which is the term used to identify the stone, or in this case, concrete material used to cap the bowl shell wall.

Team Pain has built skate parks throughout Florida, including in Tampa, New Tampa, Sarasota, Bradenton and the soon-to-open park in Apollo Beach.

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Brandon Skate Park Particulars:

  • Hour are Sunday noon to 8 p.m.; Tuesday to Thursday, 2 to 10 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 to 10 p.m. The park is closed on Monday.
  • All skaters must wear helmets and sign a waiver and get it notarized.

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Brandon Skate Park Features:

Bowl:

  • An intermediate/professional bowl with rounded walls, two hips and two general depths. The shallow end is 6 feet deep and just under-vert; the deep end is more than 9 feet deep, with 1.5 feet of vert. The entire bowl has pool coping and tile.

Obstacle Street:

  • Consists of two main levels that split the park into two sections.
  • The lower section has a few street-plaza elements, including a granite bench set at an angle; curved ledges; a cone-pole jam; a manual pad; a small, but long, set of four stairs; a brick-stamped bank with a flat bar on top; and a handrail and flat rail. The area also sports a very wide quarter-pipe, with steel coping, including a 12-foot pool coping extension; a smaller pyramid with a bull-nose flat rail; and a steep bank and hip.
  • The lower section is connected to the upper section with a series of banks, including a step-up that links to an escalating transition hip.

Transition Elements:

  • Six-foot corner quarter-pipe leading to a long and low A-shaped quarter-pipe, ending at a series of moguls located throughout.
  • A third level takes skaters to the bowl, an area also connected with quarter-pipes and more moguls, ranging in height from 2.5 to 5 feet.

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